Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael In Italy - Slow Food and more
A sneak glimpse of Osteria Boccondivino, the famous restaurant where the Slow Food movement began 20 years ago, in the city of Bra. Currently under construction, the restaurant and its gastronomical philosophies have inspired the preservation of traditional food preparation customs in over 100,000 venues worldwide, and have resurrected the concept of eco-friendly gastronomy, perhaps in protest of the “fast food” cultures that had risen to prominence in the late 20th century.
The amuse bouche at Albergo dell’Agenzia, the Slow Food-associated restaurant in the lovely hotel in Pollenza (5 minutes from Bra) where we stayed and dined (that is a raw cased seasoned sausage!). The estate is also the home of a gastronomical university, and the newly-established Banca del Vino…..a cellar/museum that stores several cases of every great wine made in Italy, and will continue to do so with every future vintage. –Michael Koehler