A lesson in Moscow about different perspectives on the Italian cuisine

On October 9th, in Moscow, around 140 people participated in a lesson promoted by the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners of Costigliole d’Asti, Piemonte.
The lesson offered two different perspectives on the Italian cuisine: traditional Sicilian cooking and a creative Calabrian recipe. The plates were paired with wines: Ficiligno of Baglio di Pianetto and Gaglioppo Rosso Catà from the producer iGreco.
Around this central premise, there were also different meetings. Marco Negro was on hand to explain the origins of some Italian specialties, arising from the Greek influences of Magna Graecia, and of the Roman epoch. Particular attention highlighted correct combinations between recipes, wines and olive oil (which for the occasion, was, extravirgin Dop Bruzio de I Greco).
The evening ended with sweets. Chef  Alessandro Giagnetich exhibited his  ‘tricks’ preparing  marzapane di mandorle; crunchy, aromatic sweets garnished with almonds.
The event was organized by Olga Portnova of “Taste & Travel”.
“Through my agency, I bring groups of tourists who are interested in enogastronomy – explained Ms. Portnova -. Together with ICIF and Legami, I can promote the best of Italy. Between St. Petersburg and Moscow we have introduced the aromas and flavors of Italy to 170 people in these few days. And now they want, even more, to travel to Italy and get to know the Italian restaurants and wines first hand!”.

October 10th, 2015

Marco Negro


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