Let's pick up the notebook to dust off some very interesting notes. We were in Lecce, a few months ago, for FoodExp; Riccardo Camanini, not yet crowned chef of the eighth restaurant in the world according to 50Best, was on stage. The topic of his lecture: risottos. Or better still: his interpretation of rice and risotto over time, that is, starting from the now distant 1998, when he – still very young, only 25 - had just taken the helm of the kitchens at Villa Fiordaliso in Gardone Riviera; and then, above all, all the subsequent evolutions at Lido 84, in the same Garda village, just 750 metres further north, on Corso Zanardelli.
In Salento, Camanini made a premise: «I have never broken any schemes, I live cooking as a rather natural daily routine, a continuous research». That may be true, indeed it is true. But his approach to risotto has not only dramatically changed the years, but it also implies a completely different, original interpretation. Not ephemeral, i.e. not episodic, but structural, referring to further developments on the newly acquired basis.
Riccardo Camanini on stage at FoodExp in Lecce
Rice, sardines and stracchino cheese
Fermented black garlic rice
Rice, mozzarella water, ginger
Rice, crusco pepper, smoked egg yolk
Heated rice with tomato paste, plum, vermouth
Fig leaf and walnut husk rice
Artichoke and Damascus rose rice
Pea and wasabi rice
An outdoor trip or a journey to the other side of the planet?
One thing is for sure: the destination is delicious, by Carlo Passera
journalist born in 1974, for many years he has covered politics, mostly, and food in his free time. Today he does exactly the opposite and this makes him very happy. As soon as he can, he dives into travels and good food. Identità Golose's editor in chief
The Camanini brothers, Giancarlo and Riccardo. Their Lido 84 in Gardone Riviera (Brescia) won the 8th place in the 50 Best. Photo Settimio Benedusi
Riccardo Camanini shows the audience at Identità Milano 2022 one of the jars in which he gave a special treatment to pasta
(All photos from Brambilla/Serrani)
Riccardo Camanini at Identità Milano 2021 (photo Brambilla-Serrani)