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Stars out for Italy

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'China Roadshow' takes guest chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants to Beijing, Tianjin, Changsha and Shanghai for gourmet extravaganza. Mike Peters reports.

For the second year in a row, a midsummer swarm of Italy-based chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants will descend on Chinese cities for a week-long cooking frenzy with local Italian chefs.

The Italian Cuisine & Wines World Summit begins this week, kicking off with a gala dinner at Beijing's La Pizza in Shangdu Soho on Tuesday. Nicola Cavallaro of Milan, one of three guest chefs at that opener, will be at La Pizza for two more nights, Wednesday and Thursday, directing the preparation of set menus served beginning at 6 pm.

The Italian Cuisine & Wines World Summit started in 2009 and has been held in many cities, including Tokyo, New York, Dubai and

Hong Kong. The goal: Bring high-quality Italian food and wine to local foodies and share the Italian life style. In 2016, the eighth summit was held in Beijing for the first time. This year's "China Roadshow" includes events in Changsha, Shanghai and Tianjin as well.

On Thursday and Friday nights, chef Luigi Taglienti of Milan's Lume restaurant will take over the kitchen at Opera Bombana in Beijing, showcasing quality ingredients from around the world, including Chilean beef, French Gillardeaux oysters, Japanese Alfonsino and Australian black winter truffles.

Wednesday through Friday, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing will host chef Luciano Zazzeri for three nights of Italian feasting at Flames Grill, with the theme "A true inspiration to Mediterranean Culture". Zazzeri, who began his working life as a fisherman, ultimately took over his family's acclaimed restaurant La Pineta. His menu for Beijing is totally seafood classics, including a trilogy of fish tartare and mixed fish "Brodetto" with crispy pasta. 

There is also a dinner matching Italian wines with Chinese cuisineat the Hilton's Chynna restaurant Friday evening at 7 pm.

The name of chef Tano Simonato's acclaimed restaurant "Tano passami l'olio" in Milan means "Tano, pass me the olive oil". A champion of healthy Italian high cuisine, Simonato has more than 40 different extra virgin olive oils to dress his repertoire of dishes. From Wednesday to Friday, he will offer a five-course set menu at Barolo in the Ritz-Carlton Beijing. It includes red chard marinated dried codfish with sweet garlic mayonnaise, langoustines and red prawns cooked in lemon consomme, and stripped lamb rack with honey on cocoa.

Other Beijing-area events feature chef Raffaele Ros at Fiorentina in Beijing, and chefs Nicola Cavallaro and Nicola Paparini at Bella Vista in Tianjin.

A trio of master guest chefs will be in Changhsha, Hunan province, for a series of events at the St. Regis hotel there. Paolo Gramaglia (Pompeii restaurant in Naples) and Enrico Gerli (I Castagni in Vigevano) will present their takes on their regional cuisine at a "Michelin-starred night" on Friday and a gala dinner on Saturday. On Sunday, the chefs go to work on a Sunday brunch spread, while acrobatic pizza master Pasqualino Barbasso shows his stuff. Barbasso returns on Monday, for a 10 am kids' pizza cooking class and acrobatic pizza shows that evening in the hotel's restaurant and bar.

Chefs Gramaglia and Gerli move on to Shanghai on Monday, for master classes, a lunch that promises to be a wine-and-food tour of Italy, and a wine reception. That night, the stage is given to master guest chef Heinz Beck of La Pergola at the Waldorf-Astoria in Rome, who will stage a charity dinner. Beck's La Pergola restaurant is the only three-Michelin-starred restaurant represented at the China events. All Shanghai events are at the Hagrid Society Coffee & Treats.

China Daily


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