The best 10 restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

Restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige. Trentino Alto Adige is a region located in Northern Italy, on the line  with Austria and Switzerland. Its inhabitants have had a strong Austrian influence, so much so that they speak fluently both Italian and German.

This strong influence naturally manifests itself in the kitchen as well. However, it is necessary to make a clear distinction between the two provinces of Trento and Bolzano, which belong respectively to the areas of Trentino and Alto Adige. The cuisine naturally changes in  two provinces, thanks to the different influences that these territories have undergone over the years.

Restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

The Trentino cuisine is very rich and substantial, suitable for the harsh winter climate and low temperatures. This type of cuisine is very diverse in food from the land, vegetables and fruit, red meat and freshwater fish.

Among the first courses there are Canederli, which are large dumplings of stale bread, flavored with many aromas, cold cuts and cheeses; they are served with their own cooking sauces, with the classic seasoning butter and sage, or with tomato sauce. A first course similar to the Canederli are the strozzapreti, made with stale bread and flavored with spinach.

Even soups are a good alternative and in Trentino they are really prepared for all tastes, from that of barley and vegetables up to that of yellow flour with sauerkraut.

Restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

The second courses typical of this area are divided between those of meat and those of fish. Among the meat dishes there are the stew, the Osèi escapades, a sort of saltimbocca prepared with meat, lard and sage, and Carne salada, a salami typically served with a bean salad. As for the fish dishes instead, salmon trout are the master in the whole of Trentino cuisine.

The most famous dessert is the Strudel, made with apple. The main ingredients of Strudel are obviously apples, raisins, nuts and crumbled biscuits. It is usually served accompanied by a sprinkling of powdered sugar, whipped cream or, for the more industrious, a good English cream to be done at the moment.

restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

The other typical sweets of the area are the Strauben, sweet fried made with flour, milk and grappa, the Grostoi, the classic Italian Chiacchere, the Smorrn, a sort of rolled and shredded Crepe, and finally the Vanillekipferl, the Christmas biscuits with vanilla in the shape of a croissant.

The South Tyrolean cuisine, however, refers much more to the cuisine of nearby Austria. Even here among the first courses you can not fail to mention the Canederli, flavored in this case by Speck. Another traditional first course is Spätzle, gnocchetti cooked in boiling salted water, seasoned with butter and cream.

Restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

The main courses are mainly represented by different meat dishes. In fact, in addition to finding the classic shoulder of lamb and traditional Wurstel, you can also find mutton, or venison and venison. Even here, of course, the trout is a common fish and is cooked in many different ways, for example with mushrooms, flavored with dill and smoked at the time of cooking, to give it a good taste of rustic and traditional.

On the subject of desserts you can not miss the typical Saracen buckwheat cake, it is prepared with equal parts of buckwheat flour, butter, sugar, grated almonds and the addition of eggs.

Restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

Now we bring you the name of 10 Best Restaurants where you can taste these delicious dishes.

Terra Auener Hof “from Sarentino – The chef’s style is linear: simplify, dry, concentrated without resorting to superfluous fats, enhancing the raw materials and refining even the most demanding ones such as, for example, the cauliflower that is presented dehydrated, in cream with balsamic vinegar and marinated with herbs.

Restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

St. Hubertus of San Cassiano in Badia – excellence for the territoriality and seasonality of products, combined to recall the tradition.

Jasmin di Chiusa – only two tasting menus, one by the sea and one by surprise, to be indicated at the time of booking.

Trenkerstube of Castel Tirolo – The basics of this cuisine are fresh and natural ingredients, personally selected by Gerhard Wieser. Many of these basic products come from the region.

Mules Gourmetstube Einhorn – dishes with a special touch that combine tradition and modernity, local peculiarities and world inspirations, well-established and always new recipes, to offer an exclusive taste experience

Restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

Locanda Margon (Ravine di Trento) – Two paths in taste: the research, with the Ferrari bubbles that become an integral part of the dish, and the territory, with the celebration of Trentino culture.

restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige
restaurants in Trentino Alto Adige

El Molin (Cavalese) – has been experimenting with unusual raw materials, such as lichens, for over twenty years, or perfects ancient recipes that have lost a bit of enamel. His is a kitchen that smells of smoke, grass from the woods, a hunting lodge.

Malga Panna (Moena) – its cuisine is a completely personal revision of the gastronomic culture of Trentino, of which it recalls the typical products and traditional methods of conservation.

Chimpl (Vigo di Fassa) – Ideas inspired by nature are transformed into a kitchen with an ancient heart but innovative in technique, immediate in enhancing the taste of meat, freshwater fish and many other goodness.

Gallo Cedrone, Madonna di Campiglio – A continuous search for quality raw materials, artisanal products, culinary curiosities from a rugged mountain territory rich in tradition and genuineness.

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Collective Catering: what is it?

Collective catering
Collective catering

“Collective catering” means the preparation and delivery service for a large number of complete meals for the community, such as: company canteens, schools, hospitals, prisons, etc. It is aimed at groups of people who need to take advantage of this kind of service, as they are far from home for different reasons.

Collective catering is born as an adaptation to society: for industrialization, with workers originally employed in the factories, and then in the tertiary sector; for the transformation of the family from patriarchal to mononuclear; for the spread of canteens in schools from kindergarten to university; for health care; for the assistance community.

Collective catering is distinguished in a conventional system and a collective bond. As for the first, the foods are cooked and immediately distributed to consumers. In the second case, instead, the preparation and cooking operations and those of distribution and consumption are carried out in completely separate times and places. The preparation and cooking of the food is in fact carried out in large centers, from which the finished meals come out, which are  transported to the canteens for distribution and consumption.

Consumers of catering, generally choose where to eat the meal, and make continuous and prolonged use of the service. In some cases the cost of the service is born by the company in which it is offered, in other cases the customer pays a part.
The collective catering is a catering of necessity, instrumental, not of pleasure; it focuses its attention on the realization and delivery of dishes, while the service is usually non-existent.

The main forms of catering are:

business catering: in medium or large companies;
school catering: within schools, universities, training centers;
socio-health catering: in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and rest areas;
community catering: inside religious institutes, barracks, prison prisons;
assistance catering: intended for indigent people; it is organized in canteens but sometimes also with home service.

Each form of collective catering has specific needs, related to the type and needs of customers who must use it.

Careful attention must be paid to the nutritional and hygienic aspects, with constant quality standards that adapt to the changing and diverse needs of users. It is therefore proposed a standardized kitchen, but not without quality. Although less intense and pleasant taste and with a presentation of the dishes little attention, the cuisine of the collective catering is certainly very controlled and balanced under the nutritional aspect.

The menu is always the result of a work between chefs and nutritionists, often with the help of medical staff; each work phase is predetermined in every aspect, usually under the supervision of an expert in hygiene procedures and with a strong control of analysis laboratories.

In all this you must be very careful:

where to buy raw materials – collective catering companies have to buy large quantities of basic ingredients. These choose suppliers, who can be wholesalers or small producers paying attention to the value of food at Km 0, to the emerging buying groups and to the traditional general markets. So buying raw materials does not just mean buying large quantities of food from wholesalers, but also selecting a set of suppliers of different types, for products that are equally different in terms of quality and not just quantity.

Collective catering

how the menus are born – We must take into account today’s trends (vegans, vegetarians), be careful about people with food intolerances or allergies and finally respect the religious cultures of today’s society.

collective catering

For this reason we talk about “menu programming” to take into account all these factors. For companies, the menus include the classic dishes of traditional Italian cuisine, prepared with seasonal products, as well as ethnic and international dishes. As for the school menus, the nutrition of the little ones is the most important.

how to prepare meals – this can be done in two ways: either inside the place where they will be served or with “conveyed meals”, this means that the preparation and cooking operations and those of distribution and consumption are carried out in times and separate places. The preparation and cooking of the food is in fact carried out in large centers, from which the finished meals come out, which are then transported to the canteens for distribution and consumption.
how to deliver meals – meal delivery is a logistics matter. We need to think beyond the time it takes to pack and secure meals, traffic and operations to prepare food to be served. It is necessary to be very attentive to the delicacy of the goods transported and above all to the cooking temperature of a food that comes out of the kitchen and that can not vary much compared to the time when it will be served for its consumption.

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Digital restaurants: new trend of 2018 

digital restaurants

Among the new trends of 2018, concerning the management of the restaurant we find the Digital Restaurants. In this article we will try to understand together what is meant by Ristorante Digitale and what the customer will be able to do digitally.

Restaurateurs have to adapt to  the customer demand for digitization, a challenge that can bring great benefits as technology also offers effective tools to improve restaurant management. It allows to coordinate the activities, providing an excellent service, able to attract customers; allows you to expand the gastronomic offer, as users find information on the web and are more open to trying out new ingredients and dishes; facilitates loyalty as it allows you to offer personalized experiences.

We therefore bring you the various things to do in a “digital” form in a restaurant. You can order the dishes directly from the smartphone, pay the bill using an app, customize the menu with a simple click, book a table thanks to a digital platform and rate the service, or the chef’s cooking skills, on the web page of the restaurant.

But what are the advantages of a digital restaurant?

First of all, we discover that thanks to digitization, even restaurants that are not in the center can have greater visibility. The reviews of customers, or positive feedback released online, will do nothing but bring new people into the room, thus encouraging a word of mouth on the network can increase the number of customers.

The use of software allows restaurants to optimize bookings and operations, and to improve service and revenues. It is a practice successfully used in the tourism sector that allows you to vary prices depending on availability.

There are several levels of Digital Restaurants:

1.Restaurants that for the moment do not want to attract more customers and do not have a long-term business vision should try to offer a wifi connection and a Facebook page.

2.Restaurants that want to attract more customers and understand network-related opportunities are focused on specialized portals, have a website, receive online reservations and are on social networks. These are structures that are moving from paper to digital and whose staff are becoming familiar with online booking management software.

3.The restaurant that has the majority of customers who book online and who is dedicated to personalizing the service to retain them. It has many tools to increase sales and save time and restaurant management software, use social media, have a website with the booking button and respond to reviews.

4.Restaurants that use technology to provide multi-sensory experiences, such as augmented reality glasses or interactive tables. These facilities are fully managed digitally, using statistics and data provided by the management system to make business decisions, make investments in marketing and email marketing campaigns, manage online opinions and are attentive to their online reputation.

5.Restaurants without tables and chairs: this is a new business model, where food is prepared exclusively for home delivery. The relationship with the customer is always mediated by a mobile application.

Digital restaurants

To make the customer experience as unique and personal as possible, companies in the sector must pay attention to consumption habits, activity history and interactions through apps or social networks. All information can be exploit to offer the consumer what he wants and even anticipate his requests. The needs of the catering sector today concern the ability to exploit information to build a tailored customer experience.

It is necessary to put the customer first, that is the center of attention. It is a question of recognizing the customer and proposing his favorite dishes, already in the box or at the time of ordering. When the consumer feels pampered, he is more likely to return to the room for another dinner, perhaps to add a dessert to his order and leave a positive review by sharing his experience on social networks.

Restaurant software innovations can transform problems into opportunities. Because, despite having complex functionalities and capable of managing all internal processes and interactions with customers, they are to be used by employees.

The applications developed for restaurants are born and developed for the consumer, for this we need to go beyond the simple, allowing the customer to pay the bill via mobile.

The optimization of the marketing strategy can be continuous also thanks to access to real-time data on customer interactions to be transformed into new initiatives and activities. Depending on the objectives, the promotion of the brand and the interaction with the public will help to reach them in different ways, but always with a scientific track of the results.

Ristomanager: software that manages restaurant reservations

Restaurant reservations. Did you know that Ristomanager is restaurant reservation management software? In this article, we will help you find out how to manage reservations with our software, explaining step by step all its features.

Restaurant reservations

Restaurant reservations

The catering industry has been changing rapidly for a long time. The recent pandemic is just one of many factors that have caused this change, but it is not what makes things more different than before
The way we do business now takes place online and across mobile devices – meaning people can make reservations anywhere and anytime!

When it comes to online restaurant reservations, Italy is a country of enthusiasts. Almost half (45%) of the population has used at least once a dedicated platform and nine out of ten know a person who regularly uses it for their culinary needs; This comes mainly from how convenient it is to have all these features in one place – how to easily communicate with staff through messaging services or have immediate confirmation at the time of order without needing additional information in addition to those required at check-out (66%). There are also many associated benefits like security.

Each restaurant owner can set the desired functions, such as the number of seats and booking times available; they are also able to choose a weekly closing day for the activity. In addition, customers will be notified by email or SMS within which there is information about reservations (customer name phone number time of day).

Management of restaurant reservations

Restaurant reservations

The main things to know about the management of reservations are two: the first concerns the inclusion of customers, or when a new booking arrives, you can enter or a new customer or use the name of a customer already existing in the database; the second is that, we can associate several reservations to a single table, paying attention to select a different time slot for each one.

After having explained the basics to know about the insertion of customers, let’s now explain the 4 main points for managing reservations.

1) Booking entry: what is essential is to select the table on which you want to enter the reservation and then click on the Book button.

This will show you a window in which you must enter the name of the customer, the name of the table, the date and time of arrival and the number of people.

To enter the Customer Name, at the top right we have the option of using two buttons: the “New” button and the “Search” button. In the first case, another window will open in which to enter all customer data, which will be saved in the database, while in the second case, a window similar to the one opened by the Customer Management button of the main interface will open. If you enter more than one reservation on the same table, Ristomanager will put them in a list, which you can view via the Change button in the Reservations section.

Restaurant reservations

2) Modification of reservation: as for the insertion, you must select the table on which the reservation is inserted and click on the Modify button. Select the time slot to edit and then save.

Restaurant reservations

restaurant reservation

3) Delete reservation: same as for entering and editing, you must first select the table, and click on the Delete button.

Then you will need to select the reservation to be deleted from the Booking Selection window that will open in case several reservations appear on the selected table and then press the Delete button.

4) Booking management: in the Booking Management window, all the functions seen in the other 3 points will appear. This will also be useful to view all the bookings in progress, so as not to lose sight of the situation. The Insert, Edit and Delete buttons appear on the screen. This will allow you to manage bookings more quickly, especially in times of intense work.

You can then view the complete list of reservations and selecting them you can immediately see the customer data as the company name, address and telephone contacts. It is also possible to carry out a search by customer, as well as for a table that can be selected from the table list window and can be activated with the button of the red magnifying glass. In addition, through the Calendar, you can also search by entering the Start Date and End Date desired.

I hope this article can help you better manage your bookings. We recommend to all of you the purchase of Ristomanager both for the management of reservations, and for the many features it has.

We just have to wish you Happy Download.

Top 10 restaurants in Sardinia

Restaurants in Sardinia. The typical Sardinian cuisine is divided between marine cuisine and pastoral and peasant cuisine. This division is due to its territory characterized by coastal areas and mountainous areas. There are many typical products, among which we find cheeses, fish, wines and desserts.

Among the most important cheeses are the “Callu de crabittu”, a product that is made starting from the residues of the last breast milk, which are closed directly in the fourth stomach of the kid, so do it before curd and then season . It is a very rare preparation, which still makes only a few shepherds. The most particular cheese of Sardinia is the “Casu muchidu”, that is cheese with worms. A peculiarity that is due to the cheese fly, which lays the eggs inside the form, leaving the larvae. These feed on cheese and change its flavor. Impossible not to know the “Pecorino sardo”, one of the most famous cheeses, made with pasteurized Sardinian sheep’s milk, rennet, salt and lactic ferments.

Restaurants in Sardinia

Among the first courses of the Sardinian tradition there are the “Malloreddus”, a type of gnocchetti flavored with tomato, spinach and saffron; they are seasoned with a full-bodied sausage sauce or with cheese. The Fregola is produced by “rolling” the durum wheat semolina inside a large earthenware basin: this way you make balls between 2 and 6 millimeters which are then roasted in the oven. It is a very versatile product: it can be eaten in a dry version, seasoned with tomato sauce and basil, or in broth, usually prepared with clams and cooked in a fish sauce.

The second dishes, however, are characterized by the presence of meat. The most popular dish is the Porceddu (pork), cooked on the grill. Usually it is preferred to use a milk pig. Myrtle and rosemary are often used to flavor the pig and are served with roast potatoes or other vegetables. The Boar is an alternative to roast suckling pig. Wine is often used to cook it.

As for desserts, we find the Seada, prepared with a form of cheese typical of the inland areas of Sardinia. The real Seadas are prepared with a lard based pastry and an acid cheese filling; they are cut into discs and then fried in boiling oil. After cooking, they should be served with honey, or with granulated sugar, according to taste. Other Sardinian sweets are the Pardules, that is to say pasta dough filled with ricotta cheese, orange peel, saffron and sometimes raisins, Sardinian zeppole, Amaretti, Gueffus and Candelaus.

To taste all the delights mentioned above, here are the 10 best restaurants in Sardinia.

Restaurants in Sardinia

Restaurants in Sardinia

Restaurants in Sardinia

Su Carduleu – Abbasanta (Oristano) – At the head of the kitchen we find Roberto Serra, who enhances, revisiting the local cuisine. Attention in cooking meat is another salient feature in the Serra kitchen. From the cooked loin at low temperature, to the plate that enhances the quail, passing through the marinade.

The Locanda Dei Buoni E Cattivi of Cagliari – The cuisine is a journey through the taste of fresh and genuine products, of the land and the sea. They use fruit and vegetables from farmers. Every day, home-made bread and pasta are made with durum wheat flour made from stone mill and wooden sieves.

Su Tzilleri And Su Doge of Cagliari – trattoria and family tavern that offers typical Sardinian cuisine, characterized by a careful study of the ancient Sardinian recipes, prepared according to the original methods. The protagonists of the dishes are the fine, fresh, seasonal ingredients from small Sardinian agro-pastoral producers who boast the excellence of their Sardinian products with a unique and genuine flavor.

Restaurants in Sardinia

Santa Rughe – Gavoi (Nuoro) – the ingredients are sought in the wild territory of Barbagia, the heart of Sardinia, and in the surrounding area. The dish is always the result of a strong culinary passion and the excellent quality of the raw material. The menu follows both the season and the availability of fresh and genuine ingredients. There are some strong and always appreciated dishes such as ravioli with wild boar ragout with delicate gnocchetti with fresh ricotta, saffron and mint. There is no shortage of typical dishes such as s’erbuzu, a variety of wild herbs typical of gaviese and barbaricina cuisine.

Restaurants in Sardinia

Su Recreu – Ittiri (Sassari) – The cuisine has its roots in the Sardinian tradition and in the recipes of the local area and of Logudoro, embracing innovation and creativity, thanks to which new dishes are always proposed

Il Portico di Nuoro – The specialty is to turn every meal into an experience of rediscovering taste. The flagship are the ingredients, which are always strictly fresh and seasonal.

Il Rifugio di Nuoro – An authentic cooking workshop between art, passion, study and research that has always been celebrated among connoisseurs. The exquisite hospitality, combined with the highest gastronomic professionalism, in addition to the genuineness of the products used and the skillful presentation are the only ingredients.

Restaurants in Sardinia

Antica Dimora Del Gruccione – Santu Lussurgiu (Oristano) – The restaurant is prepared exclusively with the quality products of Montiferru and on a selection of the best regional PDO / DOCG products.

Sas Benas – Santu Lussurgiu (Oristano) – is a village full of typical products of excellence, a symptom of a strong link with tradition. The secret lies in the rich pastures, in the presence of rare plant species and communities and in the abundance of water.

S’Apposentu at Casa Puddu – Siddi (VS) – is a laboratory of experience and dedication to the great kitchen. The flavors are transformed into new creations and it is understood that the elegance of the kitchen comes from authenticity.

Visit to: Top 10 restaurants in Liguria

Top 10 restaurants in Liguria

restaurants in liguria

Restaurants in Liguria. The Ligurian cuisine is inspired by its recipes from the Mediterranean diet, consisting to the combination of seafood and products of the earth, but simple dishes are enhanced by the use of the many aromatic herbs that grow spontaneously throughout the territory, typical of the Mediterranean . Among the local products that have  great value there is olive oil, base and seasoning of the main dishes of the Ligurian gastronomy.

Restaurants in Liguria

The gastronomy of Liguria is characterized by the   wild herbs of the area (marjoram, sage, rosemary, laurel, thyme etc.) and the products of the home garden (onions, potatoes, basil, aubergines, etc.), the first fruits of the crops and of the woods (basil, ox heart tomatoes, courgette trumpets, asparagus and Albanian artichokes, mushrooms, truffles from Valbormida, fresh fruit and dried fruit), olive oil, farinaceous products (focaccia, farinata, savory pies, etc.) ), the wide range of dry and fresh pasta, the catch of the sea (anchovies, shrimps, octopus, octopus, cuttlefish, muscles, mullet, etc.) and game (given the high woodiness).

Restaurants in Liguria

Vegetables used in Ligurian cuisine are very popular, as in the Torta Pasqualina, a savory pie filled with many vegetables mixed with eggs, marjoram and cheese. The most famous olives are the Taggiasche, brown, very used to flavor fish dishes and white meats like the “Ligurian Rabbit”. Pesto is definitely the symbol of Ligurian cuisine and is prepared with the stone mortar and pestle, a tool used to grind the basil with the garlic and Sardinian pecorino cheese, crushing everything until a very thick cream is obtained which finally softens with olive oil.

For a snack or aperitif are often used, the farinata made with chickpea flour, water, salt and oil and cooked in the iron pan called “tian” in the stone oven and the Genoese focaccia, made with a common dough to which is added the oil. Panissa is a chickpea porridge without oil that is boiled and, once solid, cut into cubes and seasoned with oil, lemon and pepper.

Restaurants in Liguria

Among the typical sweets of Liguria we find the Canestrelli, the Lagaccio biscuits, the Castagnaccio, the amaretti di Sassello, the baci di Alassio, similar to the baci di dama, the Genovese Pandolce rich in raisins, pine nuts and candied fruit. Canestrelli biscuits are very brittle in the shape of a daisy with a hole in the center and sprinkled with powdered sugar, made with a lot of butter, flour and sugar.

Now we show you below The top 10 restaurants in Liguria:

The Cook – The kitchen, managed by Chef Ivano Ricchebono, awarded with the Michelin Star offers both gourmet dishes and simple dishes of the territory linked to tradition. A wide selection of colorful finger foods, carefully prepared by the Chef awaits you.

Restaurants in Liguria

La Conchiglia Restaurant – is an elegant and very refined environment, located in a 19th century house near the sea and with a beautiful view. The cuisine is research, creative, specialized in pasta dishes and fish dishes.

Restaurants in Liguria

San Giorgio – Cervo (Imperia) – Dishes consist of Fish, Crustaceans, Seafood and Seasonal Vegetables. The kitchen is attentive to new trends: Molecular, Deconstructed, Fusion, but if we want to savor a dish and distinguish the ingredients that compose it, the rule is a good use of the raw material and simplicity.

The Agrodolce Restaurant in Imperia – led by Chef Stellato Edoardo Ferrera. The products are top quality and its dishes are distinguished by the finesse in the preparations and for the strong flavors.

The Sarri Restaurant in Imperia – The peculiarity is in the fish cuisine with unusual but balanced combinations. The style of Chef Andrea Sarri, draws partly from tradition, but is open to gustatory exploration and surprising combinations. The root is in the research of raw materials, of great freshness and quality.

The Paolo & Barbara Restaurant in Sanremo – located inside a 19th century building, reserves an intimate setting of only 30 seats. The quality of the raw material and the enhancement of the products of the Ponente Ligure have always been at the base of the philosophy of the Chef.

Mauro Ricciardi at the Locanda dell’Angelo – led by the Stellato Chef Mauro Ricciardi, attentive to the research of raw materials to aromas and flavors. It is a place to feel at home and be pampered.

The Claudio Restaurant –offers a cuisine that respects the flavors of the raw materials, aromas and herbs of that blessed land that is Liguria. The protagonists are the noble fish and crustaceans.

La Locanda dell’Angelo – cooking is a mixture of tradition and innovation, between sea and land, between Liguria and Piedmont, but with a careful eye also to the techniques and the avant-garde tendencies of the moment.

The Vescovado – simple and local recipes, Ligurian and Mediterranean, are transformed into sublime masterpieces of haute cuisine. Chef Giuseppe Ricchebuono works with local ingredients: fresh fish from the Ligurian Sea, herbs  has harvested in the first hinterland and vegetables from Albenga.

You just have to choose which one to try !!!

Read also: Top 10 restaurants in Sardinia

We know the world of Food & Cook Design. Interview with Nicoletta Mearelli

Food & Cook Design

Food & Cook Design is the fusion between the art of designing and that of cooking. Food design is the term that encompasses the process of design studies and research leading to the emergence of products related to food. This discipline deals with the design and design of food, parts of complex food products and products related to them in some way.

Food Design meets and mixes various disciplines such as biology, genetics, anthropology, psychoanalysis, food sociology, research on sociability and social mediation, along with the history of kitchen systems and forms of conviviality. .

Food & Cook Design

Works of art to eat, dishes that seem painted, or restaurants that thanks to a careful mix of style and design, can become famous, affirming its own brand and its name that remains imprinted thanks to winning and striking images. The secret is the choice of appropriate food design, which is able to find consistency between the image of the table and that of the dishes that are served.

The food design can help in the study and in the realization of the packages, those that more respect the company philosophy, that better communicate the product and that at the same time show it to the best, enhancing it. On the other hand, as far as the managerial sphere is concerned, it is the one that provides consultancy to catering companies.

Food & Cook Design

To understand what a Food & Cook Designer really does, we have interviewed Nicoletta Mearelli, an expert in this field, for you, and we’ll tell you what she told us.

What was your professional training?

After studying cuisine I specialized in Visual Food and plating, deepening a lot through the study of various international cuisines and the relative presentation of the dish. In the culinary field and especially in food design, the humanities have helped me. In literature there are many references to food and it is fundamental to know the history of popular traditions to find ideas for improvement.
I have been a lecturer in Visual Food and serving at the Gambero Rosso in Rome and Naples at a professional and amateur level. Now I deal with teaching, often individual, aimed at professionals and I work with restaurateurs both for what concerns the preparation and the food management.

Food & Cook Design

What does a VisualChef and a Food & Cook Designer do?

I deal mainly with the aesthetics of the dish in its entirety, from a single dish to whole dishes, I work with restaurateurs and catering for the daily service and events, trying to hit through the beautiful and good to eat. As a food and cook designer, I take care of creating and creating dishes or whole themed buffets, respecting the initial idea of ​​the client, the environment and the style of a restaurant.
In parallel, having done management for a long time I also deal with food management consultancy.

Food & Cook Design

The term VisualChef comes from what?

Food & Cook Design

I started studying Visual Food at the Academy of Modena and became a professor myself in several cooking schools. Mainly dealing with plating and food design, in addition to being a cook, I found this term interesting that exactly combines the two aspects.

What is Visual Food?

In very simple terms, a set of specific techniques, from cutting or positioning of foods through which we can represent in a dish everything we want, inspired by nature or a geometric or design object. A multifaceted discipline that allows you to apply creativity and imagination in different contexts of food.

Food & Cook Design

Where does the passion for his craft come from?

Certainly from the passion for aesthetics and good cooked or raw food. From love for tradition and innovation without ever reaching extremism in the presentation of a dish, aimed only at striking with an image. In the kitchen we talk about food and nutrition, and the beauty and creativity should never, in my opinion, prevail over the taste and functionality of the dish itself. Therefore every creation or dish must respect, for example, the service temperature, texture, taste, combining the right balance with the style and tone of the restaurant.

What do you think is important to convey to your students?

The study, the deepening, the imagination and creativity applied to the choice of excellent raw materials of our territory that make our kitchen unique. Another aspect I particularly care about is the study of the techniques used in cooking and cutting. Studying and applying the techniques you can make great presentations enhancing taste and harmony of a dish.

For those who want to learn more about the role of Nicoletta Mearelli and follow her projects, we invite you to visit her website We just have to thank you for this interview and wish you so much luck for your career.

The discovery of a new dish is more precious to mankind than the discovery of a new star.
(Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)

Ristomanager update in version 1.0.4 for iOS

Ristomanager update. Even though it’s summer,  a vacation period for most companies, our programmers are constantly working to improve our products and get to work to keep Ristomanager Gestione Comande software at the top.

The 1.0.4 version of Ristomanager Gestione Comande has been updated in the Apple Store for iOS devices, which has provided for an intense week of work, to eliminate all the bugs, “errors” that our customers have reported. In our hearts among our customers we would like to point out Mr. Alberto Levito of Eurosportvil Srl, which he has  helped us further to understand and improve our application, sending us also videos of when this crashed, and testing it several times in the ‘daily use, has reported the right combinations to get to solve all the problems presented.

Ristomanager update

Ristomanager update

We would like to inform you that in the update the function that sets the timeout has been inserted, you can set the number of seconds during which the device tries to connect to your server (windows / linux / OSX). If, after the seconds you set previously, there is no response from the server, the iOS device will disconnect. The timeout is essential in cases where one has problems with line drops and / or the router is at a long distance. In fact, it is recommended to set it with a high number of seconds, not to disconnect the connected devices immediately. If a restaurant has line problems that often falls, it is advisable to increase the timeout time. We recommend 5 seconds.

Another reported bug is that by clicking on the category menu, after choosing the dish it was not possible to click again on the dish and then proceed with the order now after arranging it, you can go ahead in choosing the other categories and dishes.

Ristomanager update

Ristomanager update

The problem that occurred after clicking on a particular table was also solved, and then the Button was selected to go back to the table list, the tables disappeared.

Ristomanager update

In addition, the layout for iOS devices, has been arranging making it responsive, that is, is able to adapt graphically automatically to the device with which they are displayed, minimizing the need for the user to resize and scroll through the contents. So now you can view our software both from an Iphone and an Ipad without causing visualization problems.

Why choose Ristomanager?

Ristomanager update

The problem with other software is that they require an internet connection. This leads to frustration for restaurateurs who have limited or no access due to their situation in restaurants across town (or country).
RistoManager works using your computer as a local server; this MAIN feature has been developed through years of experience and testing – discovering that some solutions only work ONLINE, which causes many problems for restaurateurs when they do not have bandwidth on site because there is no place near where you are at home / office etc, causing great inconvenience during periods of work!

Ristomanager update

With RISTOMANAGER, you can manage all your restaurant stocks from a single, easy-to-use interface. For example: If there is a particular food that always seems to run out before the other ingredients and its amount consumed tends to rise over time although production rates may have remained constant or decreased slightly but not significantly enough for consumer tastes (eats more than usual), then with this program it will be possible through the programming of adjustments made by experienced and trained staff like me!


Ristomanager update

Through any tablet with Android system, you can download the RISTOMANAGER application and manage the orders of your restaurant. You will see in real time how many tables are currently occupied or waiting for payment so that it is easy for staff members to maintain efficiency in their turn! Create endless rooms by inserting backgrounds that will be customized every time someone enters one of these spaces – this way there is always something new when guests arrive in the dining rooms.

You can enter the details of your regular customers from this window, so you can easily associate them with reservations and orders during checkout. The customer list is always available in case someone needs it when booking or ordering online!

Ristomanager is a software for the management of your restaurant that allows you to better manage orders without any kind of connection problem. Our strength, speed and accuracy in managing service at tables with internet disconnected; all data will always be saved on the local PC allowing users to work even when they are offline or limited by connections – Waiters can also keep track of inventory and inventory items as well as retain customers by also analyzing business trends efficiently!

Now I leave you to take your orders

Pascucci Al Porticciolo is born from the passion for the sea. Interview with Chef Gianfranco Pascucci, of the TV program “La prova del cuoco”

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci. The restaurant “Pascucci Al Porticciolo”, in Fiumicino, was born from the idea of ​​Gianfranco Pascucci, to transform freshly caught fish into delicious gourmet dishes. In this regard, in fact, the Michelin Star was recognized to the Chef. This project was born from the passion of the Chef for all that is the sea.

We have managed to interview for you Chef Gianfranco Pascucci, also known for his television participation in the program “The Proof of the Cook” and we report below what he revealed to us.

Where is your passion for the world of cooking born?

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

The passion for the world of cooking I do not know exactly when it was born. Probably there has always been, as a kid. Born from the interest in ingredients, for everything that surrounds me. Here, at Fiumicino, the sea surrounds me, but also nature. Think of the WWF right now. So from the taste of the individual elements. Then the game is to let them interact together.

Even that of cooking, the study of cooking, on what can be a form to give, a concept to bring to the table. We are now studying just this. Our great passion is to try to give a message, which is ours. Something that we feel to bring back to the customer. The customer himself is a vehicle to which we can transmit our emotions. Maybe if it works they are amplified and interpreted by the customer himself.

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

What were your experiences at a professional level before having your restaurant?

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

I am self-taught, I would say former self-taught by now. So the previous experiences have not been there. All that is Pascucci, Pascucci al Porticciolo, was born here in our restaurant, which saw us start in the most classical way and then slowly try to have our own form, an idea of ​​cooking and a thought outlined that is flanked by my Sous Chef Jlali Kerim for 10 years, but also by other guys who are part of the Pascucci team and who interpret and re-launch our concept.

What feeling did you feel when you were awarded the Michelin Star?

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

The first sensation was of amazement, because we had not been invited, because that year the winners were not invited with 1 Michelin Star. So of amazement, but also of comfort, because we were doing our best to improve our service, especially our kitchen. A feeling of joy and also of apprehension for what could later happen later. For how to try to improve again.

There is not a single impression or a single emotion, but a series of falling emotions because then they slowly returned to one another. The feeling, however, that I remember clearly was the desire to say “ok, it’s a good starting point”. The people who came here, thanks to the Michelin Star, I speak of the boys and employees ready to receive what were our experiences, our attitude, our cooking methods and those of selecting the catch. In a sense, an affirmation.

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

The knowledge related to the sea, the depths are dictated by the curiosity that I had as a kid and joy to the sea. I am passionate about windsurfing. For its products, for the fishermen, for the ports, the boats, the nets and the different types of fishing, of the seabed, the different inhabitants, the marine ecosystem. The taste of fish, the differences between one fish and another, also linked to the desire to understand what is happening in the world, then imports.

The curiosity to understand what comes from where, why. The passion also for those that are the brackish areas. My knowledge starts from curiosity, passes through a study and comes to a personal elaboration of what is a culture. Because the sea, the fish and the fisherman are culture. Our Italy is a culturally advanced sea area.

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

What are your plans for the future?

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

My plans for the future are many. Every day is our future. Every day we always try to improve. We do not know why, but we know that this is a spirit that unites us, both to me and to Vanessa Melis, who is in the room, and all the staff.

There is this desire to interpret the future by imagining day by day to have the opportunity to improve what we do. I do not deny that I would like to open a room that has more capacity for seats, that has a special, fun service. However, this is always in the background compared to what is our Pascucci Al Porticciolo, which is increasingly becoming an important reality for us. Truly a big something.

Chef Gianfranco Pascucci

From this interview we perceive how the passion has been rewarded. We just have to do best wishes to the Chef and his staff for what will be.

Photo article by Lido Vannucchi and Tania Guglielmo

Read also: Young and talented. Several titles recognized at just 23 years. Interview with PastryChef Isabella Potì of the Ristorante Bros in Lecce

Young and talented. Several titles recognized at just 23 years. Interview with PastryChef Isabella Potì of the Ristorante Bros in Lecce

PastryChef Isabella Potì. Today we interviewed for you the very young PastryChef Isabella Potì, as well as sous chef of the Ristorante Bros di Lecce, led by Isabella herself and her partner ,Chef Floriano Pellegrino. A young couple, but already successful. That’s right, because there were several awards received by both.

For Isabella, she  received an award as Chef Sud Sud and in  the Performance Award of the Year for the Espresso Guides, the inclusion on the list of the 20 best pastry chefs for Gambero Rosso, and especially the mention on Forbes, in the 30 under 30 list , the one that rewards the most talented young people in Europe.

PastryChef Isabella Potì

Isabella was formed at Claude Bosi in London and by Martin Berasategui and Paco Torreblanca, in Spain. In 2015 she returned to Italy to be part of the adventure of the Ristorante Bros. In 2017 she started again for new experiences, passing through the brigades of Mauro Colagreco in her restaurant Mirazur, and of Rasmus Kofoed at Geranium, in Denmark.

PastryChef Isabella Potì

The cuisine of Bros is based on the culinary tradition of Salento, but with an innovative touch. In their restaurant it is also possible to book the “Impossible Dinners”. During these dinners, Chef Stellati are hosted, sharing their recipes with only 30 guests.

Here are the answers to the questions we have asked Isabella Potì.

How was your passion for pastry born?

PastryChef Isabella Potì

My passion for pastry was born in the most banal and simple way possible. Since I was a child, I helped my mother and my grandmother to prepare home-made desserts for the family, I had a lot of fun and often I was left alone to experiment with desserts whose results were not always satisfactory. I grew up continuing to have fun in this way, until the moment when I realized that what was a simple passion I wanted, strongly, to become a real job.

What was your professional training path?

After attending a simple Istituto Alberghiero in Lecce, I started traveling among the most important stellar kitchens in Europe. A courageous choice that forced me to leave home and family from a very young age in order to experience the world of “great” and great chefs. The half-empty baggage with which I left, slowly began to fill with experience, knowledge and maturity. From that moment on, my training has taken a totally different breath, he has learned very important lessons: from constancy to determination, from attention to detail to extreme cleanliness, from grouping to feeling like a real family. I bring all this with me every day in my kitchen.

She is currently the Sous-Chef of the Ristorante Bros. How important is pastry in a restaurant?

PastryChef Isabella Potì

Pastry in a restaurant is absolutely essential. A restaurant like ours, allows its customers to experience a sensory and taste from the first to the last moment. Desserts can only be the logical, conclusive and explosive consequence of a journey that must necessarily end in the enthusiasm and sweetness of the palate.

Her companion , Chef Floriano Pellegrino of the Ristorante Bros in Lecce, where he works. How is it to share professional and work life at the same time?

PastryChef Isabella Potì

Floriano is my life and  my work partner for several years now. We have slowly discovered all the tricks possible to try to distinguish private life from work: we have learned to differentiate roles and responsibilities, we leave out of our kitchen everything that work is not and vice versa.

The secret is also to support and stimulate each other every day.

What are your professional plans for the future?

PastryChef Isabella Potì

The plans for the future are many, as well as ideas and dreams in the drawer. We are very young and for this reason ambitious and optimistic: to achieve all the goals we set ourselves every day, we work tirelessly and do not lose sight of our focus.

PastryChef Isabella Potì

We take more and more awareness of what we are, but we never stop working on ourselves to improve ourselves: I think this is the right way to realize every wish expressed !!!

So you just have to go from the Bros Restaurant in Lecce, to taste the delicacies prepared by Isabella Potì and Floriano Pellegrino.

Read also: Pascucci Al Porticciolo is born from the passion for the sea. Interview with Chef Gianfranco Pascucci, of the TV program “La prova del cuoco”