Oliver Piras and Alessandra Del Favero are partners in life and in business. They met in the three-starred restaurant Da Vittorio in Brusaporto, while were working for the Cerea brothers. A few weeks ago they moved to San Vito di Cadore, where inside Hotel Villa Trieste, owned by Alessandra’s family, they opened AGA (tel. +39.0436.890134)
From Casoncelli to Casunziei, one could say, as Oliver Piras moved from the hills of Bergamo, where he worked at restaurant Da Vittorio owned by the Cerea brothers, to the mountains in Cadore. Here, a few days ago, he opened together with his partner, Alessandra Del Favero, also a chef whom he met in the very Brusaporto, restaurant AGA (the Ladin word for water) inside Hotel Villa Trieste, owned by Alessandra’s family.
Quite a big bet for the young (28 years old) chef from Cagliari and the even younger partner (25) who have first created a bistro seating some forty people, dedicated mostly to classic local cuisine and created to meet the needs of the hotel’s clients (canederli, casunziei and other mountain dishes are compulsory…), and then opened, a few days later, a fine dining restaurant, with only four tables seating a total of sixteen people.
The vegetable garden behind the hotel is a precious source of raw materials for Oliver’s dishes
The beautiful Oscar’s Quail, named after the producer (whose family name is Colussi) who supplies the main ingredient
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