Identità USA 2018: coast to coast

From Eataly New York to Los Angeles with Bottura, Cracco, Pepe, Martinez, Bowerman, Ravagnan, Assenza, Mazzei and Stabile

29-08-2018

Identità Golose returns to the US in October, as usual in partnership with Eataly. For the 9th time they will host the event at Flatiron in New York on October 1st-3rd and for the first time in the megastore in Los Angeles on October 5th and 6th 

Time for Identità America, as usual planned in the autumn, in October, with an important news: the debut in Los Angeles. We’re going west, as in the classic American tradition. From Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd October, 9th edition of Identità New York, again at Eataly Flatiron; then after a 24 hour travelling break, it will be the turn of Los Angeles and California. On Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, again in partnership with Eataly, we will debut on the opposite side, compared to Manhattan. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

Two metropolises, two different worlds and hence two different themes. In New York we’ll focus on the Human Factor, the theme of this year’s extremely successful edition of Identità Golose in Milan. In an era dominated by intense economic and political tension, and by such a widespread use of communication on social networks that too often this leads to losing touch with people, nourishing human relationships, at work as well as at home and in one’s free time becomes more and more precious and revolutionary. No technology will ever replace a real relationship between people. Of course finding time to speak and discuss is becoming more and more difficult, because we easily escape reality and hide into the virtual, but when you do catch someone else’s attention, it’s incredible.
 

Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura

All this, as interpreted through food, will be discussed by Italian and foreign chefs. In Los Angeles, instead, everything during both the lessons and the dinner event will focus on Fire, the most ancient source of heat known to man.
 
Before that, however, there will be New York and the Human Factor. For the first time, lessons will be held by one chef at a time, unlike the previous editions when we had an Italian and a foreign together. In our opinion, the Italian contemporary restaurant scene has grown so much that our speakers can act as main characters even when they’re far away from Italy, thanks to the strong interest paid to those who go beyond famous and old stereotypes.
 
Franco Pepe

Franco Pepe

Virgilio Martinez

Virgilio Martinez

On Monday 1st October everything will begin with Franco Pepe and Lello Ravagnan. Thanks to Pepe in Grani and to his pizzas, the former has placed the small town of Caiazzo near Caserta on the map of the world; the latter, with Grigoris in Venice Mestre, is constantly researching leavening. They are the right people to present the eternal magic of Italian pizza from the point of view of North and South Italy. Italian pizza, because this masterpieces now belongs to the world, and there’s no such thing as only one, sole school. 
That same day, Virgilio Martinez, the most acclaimed Peruvian chef in the past few years, capable of presenting Peru through all its facets and cultures, will also take part.
 
Tuesday 2nd Massimo Bottura, in his case it would be pointless to add anything. However, at Identità we’ll never forget that night, in June 2016, when he won the World’s 50 Best Restaurantsin New York. Returning to Manhattan with him, and Italy again at the top of the world, acquires a special importance, confirming the great work that many are doing to keep Italian beauty and taste up to date. Rice, Risotto and Incredible Surprises will be the topic of the lesson held by Cristina Bowermanpatron-chef in Rome, and president of the Associazione Italiana Ambasciatori del Gusto, a cook capable of interpreting tradition and innovation in every way and to every degree.
 
Carlo Cracco

Carlo Cracco

Cristina Bowerman

Cristina Bowerman

Wednesday 3rd October 
fifth and last lesson: Carlo Cracco and The Extraordinary world of Italian PastaLast winter he opened his main restaurant in the Octagon of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Milanese sitting room by definition. Though Cracco is a synonym of rice, when he works with pasta he can strike with as much vigour and competence.

On the same day, in the evening, there will be the Dine Around 2018 dinner event with a welcome by Massimo Bottura, followed by Virgilio MartinezFranco PepeCarlo CraccoFrancesco Mazzei and Cristina Bowerman who will take care of the sweet conclusion. Lidia Bastianich will be the patron of the entire evening, an honour for all of us.
 

Corrado Assenza

Corrado Assenza

Marco Stabile

Marco Stabile

From one coast to the other, on the 5th and 6th October, a journey to tame fire and give a contemporary approach to the most ancient form of cooking in the world. Massimo BotturaCarlo Craccoand Franco Pepewill join us in Los Angelestoo. Three speakers for as many lessons. The patron-chef from Osteria Francescana in Modena will give a lesson by himself, while Cracco will share the stage with Corrado Assenza, the most surprising pastry chef in Italy, thanks to his constant celebration of nature. Assenza and Cracco will create a duet on the topic of Sweet pasta and savoury pastaPepe will instead duet with Marco Stabile from Ora d’Aria in Florence, famous for his steak which was defined as La Bistecca Perfetta [The Perfect Steak] after taking part in a contest for the best possible Florentine steak. According to the jury, it was his. Pepe and Stabile will speak of Pizza and Grill. A surprising but successful pair.

The event in Los Angeles will end on Saturday 6th October with a dinnerat restaurant Terra with Carlo CraccoFranco PepeMarco Stabile and Corrado Assenza. Again, Lidia Bastianich, an ambassador of Italian taste in America, will act as patron.

Info and reservations for the New York events
Info and reservations for the Los Angeles events

Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso