This is the story of a boy who was born in his grandmother's restaurant, literally.
Several years later that young man, Andrea, decided to travel the world. He opened his own critically acclaimed restaurant in Key West, Florida. He worked as a restaurant consultant in Hong Kong. He even lived for six months in the Amazonian forest in Brazil.
Then one day Andrea decided to go home. Home is Modena, a small town in Italy's food valley. There he decides to take it slower: to paint, to grow vegetables, and to raise animals. But Andrea still loves to cook, so he invites people over for lunch and dinner in his country house that was built in 1808, and has been in his family for over 100 years.
I visited Andrea for the first time about a month ago. It was love at first sight. No, I'm not in love with him, thought he would definitely be placed in the category of hot (single) chef.
I was in love with the location, the house, the idea behind it all.
Andrea's parents were also there. His mother greeted us with a warm, heartfelt hug. His dad was a little more formal with a handshake, but still they all made my friend Fabio, and I feel very welcomed. The food was also delicious. Everything was homemade from scratch, by Andrea and his mother.
I enjoyed being there so much that I organized for a few friends and me to go back last weekend.
Check out Andrea at his supper club/restaurant - Artigiano
Photo Credit: Fabio and I