Mauro Colagreco and his extra virgin olive oil range with ginger and lemon. Argentinian of Italian origins, he will turn 37 in October. With a Brazilian wife and a new-born child, the chef works at Mirazur in France, 2 Michelin stars and number 24 in the World's 50Best
The charming and nostalgic notes of Stevie Ray Vaughan in Riviera Paradise seem the perfect metaphor to introduce this story about Mirazur, the restaurant of chef Mauro Colagreco in Mentone, on the border between France and Italy. Two Michelin stars, at number 24 in the World's 50 Best, the restaurant is located inside a villa built in the Thirties – transformed into a timeless place full of charm thanks to a careful and intelligent architectural intervention – overlooking the sea on the Cote d’Azur, next to the most ancient avocado tree in France, as indicated on the website.
This may sound like an insignificant detail, or perhaps it is one of the small facts that brought the chef – born in Argentina of Italian origins and with a Brazilian wife, in France since 2001 – to open his restaurant right here, where who knows how many times he had passed when travelling between France and Italy. Mauro brings childhood exotic influences and memories, ancient traditions and the lesson of the great French masters, without remaining tied to any cliché. His main source of daily inspiration is nature, first of all the one that flourishes a few metres below his restaurant: here you can find mint, sage, chives but also trees with clementine, oranges and the famous Mentone lemons.
THE OIL POET. On the left, a little poem of Pablo Neruda
French bean salad with cherries and pistachio vinaigrette
Themes and characteristics linked to extra virgin olive oil, told by Luciana Squadrilli
a journalist born in Naples now living in Rome, she tries to make her three passions meet: eating, travelling and writing