How would you describe your culinary philosophy?
Simplicity and a mix of territory and international ingredients that mixed up together to create a great combination of taste and flavours.
What is your culinary obsession?
My chef Piercarlo Zanotti says: “Details make the perfection. Perfection is not a detail”. I fully agree. You couldn’t have the perfect meal without the perfect place, the perfect service, the perfect company and, of course, a bottle of Krug.
Your sources of inspiration?
If I have to speak about life in general my wife is my inspiration. She brings me always on the right way. She is so sensitive that she understands the problems in advance and give the solution to solve them. But if I have to speak about wine my inspiration is my drinking mates. They are a combination of technical, passionate and impulsive people and from all the bottles that I drunk with them I have always learnt something.
Who is your hero? And Why?
I don’t know if I could say this here but Dom Pierre Pérignon is my hero. Unconsciously he created my future passion.
What is your idea of pleasure?
Hang around the world with my wife and my kids.
Your ultimate dream meal?
I would like to eat again the meal prepared by my grandmother on Sunday lunches when I was a kid. Everything was great but it’s not possible anymore.
Who to share your dream dinner with?
Roger Federer. The best athlete ever for me.
What is your greatest extravagance in life?
I’m not so extravagant. I’m a libra
If you could prepare a dinner for any four guests who would they be?
My wife Angela, my son Lorenzo and my two daughters Adelaide and Agata. But they would not pay the bill. So, I would say four historical Champagne lovers: Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Winston Churchill and Marylin Monroe.
Your first sip of Krug?
When I worked in England a Krug 88 just released in commerce. I admit that I didn’t understood the greatness of that wine because I wasn’t so focused on the sparkling wines at that moment. But it was delicious.
Your favorite Krug food pairing?
Krug and onion soup
Your ideal moment to drink Krug?
A great wine is for every moment, so I would say at breakfast for a really hot start.