The entrance to 10 Corso Como in Shanghai, in China. Carla Sozzani’s store opened downtown a few weeks ago. Here you can find many excellent products and, on the top floor, the food of Corrado Michelazzo, an old acquaintance of Identità just like Zenato, a winery that accompanied his debut during a pleasant evening
Perfectly recalling Milanese tradition, the building looks like a panettone, and perfectly recalling Christmas tradition, its content is like a basket full of presents. Here you can find the best of Italy. We’re talking about 10 Corso Como, the Milanese concept store of “trend’s queen” Carla Sozzani. A few weeks ago she opened her fifth store in very downtown Shanghai, after Milan, Tokyo and Seoul (2 stores in South Korea). And how about Italian excellence? There are lots of products: art, books, design… However, what we are going to focus on is, as usual, food and beverage. The occasion was an evening in which the culinary art of Corrado Michelazzo, at the helm of the homonymous restaurant on the fourth floor of 10 Corso Como, was matched with the wines of Zenato, a pillar in the production of Lugana and Amarone della Valpollicella wines.
The story of Corrado seems to be taken out of a romantic novel, as he has always tied his unquestionable talent in the kitchen with the love for his wife Roberta, who has always followed him, even as sommelier and restaurant manager, from one side to another of the planet. A fifty-year-old chef from Valsesia, Corrado acquires a sound fame in Italy: at Bellevue in Cogne, Val d’Aosta, where he received a Michelin star; and with his own restaurant La Meridiana, in Saint-Pierre, where he entered the Identità Golose guide in 2008.
Corrado Michelazzo (photo by leslieruskin.wordpress.com)
Michelazzo’s cuisine strikes you because it is very creative while using only a few, simple ingredients. The chef loves to play with flavours, just like a child does with Lego bricks. His dishes, however, are not culinary puzzles in which in order to understand what you’re eating you need to look it up on Wikipedia. So the starters are classics of countryside tradition, though fresh and tasty and deliciously presented. The Corn spheres with Calabrian liquorish are like small polenta placed on lemon wedges and recall the eyes of mythological dragons. “Il mio giardino” is a carpet of earth made with dried olives and in brine in which boiled vegetables are planted, accompanied with olive oil butter, and they really look like a small, compressed vegetable garden.
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Tasty reports from China and the Far East from our collaborator Claudio Grillenzoni
A journalist with the bad habit of xenophilia (natural, he's a Germanist) and food (he's from Modena ), he now lives a happy life in China, in Shanghai, building connections between East and West