This weekend, Montecasino and chef Alfonso Caputo will host an exclusive fine dining experience for Italian fine dining devotees, as part of the ‘Vino In Piazza – Wines of Italy’ occasion.
The Naples’ Michelin star-rated chef – famous for his typically Napolitana fish-based cuisine – will host a priceless culinary experience of authentic Italian food and wine, allowing Italian food lovers the rare opportunity to dissect the cooking techniques and style of the revered chef.
Only 30 seats per sitting will be available for Chef Caputo’s two evenings of intimate and exclusive fine dining experiences from 7pm to 9pm this Friday and Saturday, which will be paired with some of Italy’s finest wines, its best prosecco and famous Lavazza coffee.
It will be a sophisticated and very high-level evening of exquisite Italian cuisine over four courses prepared by Chef Caputo, partnered by renowned Italian chefs based in South Africa and students from the South African Chefs Association. Costs for this unforgettable fine dining experience is R1,250 per person. All proceeds from this event will go towards sending 2 deserving trainee Chefs to Italy on a week-long authentic culinary experience, topped with a day in Torino at the Lavazza innovation hub.
This initiative is part of the International Week of Italian Cuisine (Settimana della Cucina Italiana) celebrated around the world by Italian Government representatives; key to this year’s mandate was the transfer of skills in the art of Italian cuisine as well as on the science & taste of wine.
Together with Chef Caputo, the Festival will also enjoy 6 wine-pairing session with renowned Italian Chefs based in South Africa and one Scientific Workshop on Wine & wine making hosted by the Italian embassy called ‘A Sip of Science’.
The Chefs & restaurants participating are as follows:
- Lexi Monzeglio & Ezio Nichele from Lexi’s Healthy Eatery
- Claudio Uccello from Fumo
- Ciro Molinaro from la Cucina di Ciro
- Orazio Cremona Jnr from Belfiore Italian Deli
- Fortunato Mazzone from Forti Grill & Bar
Food kiosk selling everything that is authentic Italian, from Nutella pancakes to Prosciutto and salame; San Pellegrino water & juices, Polli vegetable preserves & delicious Grana Padano; not forgetting the Kinder Play Area for children.
General access tickets for Vino In Piazza is R160.