Favorite restaurant and what to order?
My favorite restaurant in Bologna is Trattoria La Santa; a typical cozy one which best represents the extraordinary culinary tradition of the city. Primo: tagliatelle al ragù and tortellini in brodo (exclusively with broth, don’t even try order tortellini with cream, the owner will kill you) are definitely an experience. Secondo: cotoletta alla bolognese (with parmesan cheese and ham on top) and chicory sautéed with chili pepper.
Your favorite Italian weekend getaway?
My italian love at first sight getaway week-end: the little port of corricella on the island of procida, the beautiful spot where ‘the postman’ was filmed. As soon as you get to corricella you’ll fall in love with the colors of the little houses. Restaurant not to be missed: il pescatore. Order the crab spaghetti, to die for!
Who’s your inspiration / favorite italian designer (or artist, architect, painter, photographer) ?
Paolo Roversi: an Italian photographer based in Paris. He’s one of my icons because he moved to Paris like I did when I was 18, he loves never ending meals with red wine and great chat like I do. We came from the same region in Italy and in fact my utopian dream is for him to come shoot in Bologna, one day. He called his studio ‘Studio Luce’ and I cannot think of a better name for a place to make you feel at home and inspired. His photography really reads deep into the soul: pure emotion. Everything we need these days!
How would you describe italy in one sentence?
L’Italia è ‘tanta’ (Italy is ‘a lot’) – Elegance incapable of being replicated.