By Andy Hayler
There is little doubt that Massimo Bottura has a global influence. The articulate chef with an interest in art conjures up modern interpretations of Italian food from his 3 star Michelin restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, and in 2016 was ranked number 1 worldwide on the “Top 50 Restaurants list”.
Head chef of La Madia in Sicily, Pino Cuttaia trained in the north of Italy but opened his restaurant on the island where he was born. His two star Michelin dishes celebrate the superb local produce in innovative ways.
Reale in the Abruzzo mountans is a long way from the traditional culinary centres of Italy, but Niko Romito’s 3 Michelin star cuisine, based on humble rather than luxury ingredients, is having a wide influence.
With three Michelin stars since 1996 at her countryside Dal Pescatore restaurant, Nadia Santini is without doubt one of the top chefs in Italy. Eating in this rural setting feels almost like a family meal, but with a great chef in the kitchen.
Although his two star Michelin Tuscan restaurant Gambero Rossi shut in 2009, chef Fulvio Pierangelini still has a profound influence on Italian cuisine. These days he spreads his expertise through consulting, for example as executive chef of Rocco Forte hotels.