Celebrate International Day of Italian Cuisines
Following last year’s success of ‘International Day of Italian Cuisines’, the day on which Italian Chefs around the world celebrate authentic Italian cuisine by preparing a classic dish to its exacting and original recipe, Paolo Monti Executive Chef of Gaia, is leading the restaurant group’s participation by spotlighting this year’s designated dish on each outlets menu - the ‘father of risotto’, Risotto alla Milanese.
The date in question, Saturday, January 17th - the day of the Catholic feast of one of Italy’s most popular patron saints Sant’Antonio Abate, will see more than 800 Italian chefs in over 70 countries prepare the same Risotto alla Milanese in a bid to educate food lovers everywhere what constitutes truly authentic Italian cuisine. According to the GVCI (the Virtual Group of Italian Chefs) online community, “The current worldwide boom of Italian cuisine has generated such a proliferation of bad imitations that Italian Cuisine consumers no longer can accept the systematic forgery of products and the counterfeiting of Italian culinary culture.
“Along with pizza and spaghetti, risotto is by far the most popular Italian dish around the world. The success of risotto has been and still is such that it has by now become a kind of “technique” used extremely liberally in all kinds of cooking. Precisely due to this popularity, risotto is now among the most forged Italian dishes in the world.”
Food lovers in Hong Kong can support the GVCI’s mission of preserving and improving the standard of quality and authenticity of Italian gastronomy around the world by enjoying Risotto alla Milanese at either Gaia, Va Bene, Isola, Costa or Joia on Saturday January 17th.
For more information about International Day of Italian Cuisines, please visit http://www.itchefs-gvci.com/.
For enquiries and reservations at the Gaia Group restaurants in Hong Kong:
Va Bene Hong Kong – a Lan Kwai Fong institution for over a decade Tel. (852) 2845-5577
Gaia – glamorous al fresco dining on Hong Kong’s own Italian piazza Tel. (852) 2167-8200
ISOLA bar + grill – spectacular harbourside dining at Hong Kong’s new Central waterfront Tel. (852) 2383-8765
Cafe Costa – ultra chic cafe with indoor and outdoor dining at ifc mall Tel. (852) 2118-7600
Joia – contemporary Northern Italian dining at Kowloon’s newest destination mall, Elements Tel: (852) 2382-2323
(information provided by the pr company)