Aimo and Nadia Moroni pose with their daughter Stefania behind them, and with the current chefs Fabio Pisani (left) and Alessandro Negrini. Photo Brambilla - Serrani
Aimo 88, Nadia six years his junior. He arrived at TWELVE, a number which, out of respect, I’ll write in capital letters. Born in Pescia on the 27th of January 1934, he took his first train to Milan on the 21st of April 1946. World War II had ended the previous year and the capital of Lombardy appeared as the American dream. You just had to have the necessity, more than the will, to work, and the heart of the Milanese would take care of the rest. So in Via Montecuccoli they’re getting ready to celebrate 60 years of life and work side by side. What’s their secret? Nadia says: «Firstly, we love each other. Then the capacity of overcoming small glitches, which if ignored might become a problem. Finally, mutual respect».
Aimo Moroni and Nadia Giuntoli dining with some guests in June 2022
Caffè Montecuccoli trattoria, this was the very sign of the Moronis’ in 1962 when they took over the license of the restaurant in Via Montecuccoli in Milan
da Aimo, trattoria toscana, third establishment of a unique place for Italian culture, products and flavours
Aimo Moroni: Zuppa etrusca, summer of 2022
Aimo Moroni: Spaghettoni with shallot from Tropea and chilli pepper from Diamante, created in 1965 in Milano
del 1965, and for a recipe that I also included in my book XXL, 50 piatti che hanno allargato la mia vita, published in 2014, but which the protagonist, a few days ago during a dinner in via Montecuccoli for the preview of a unique series of events, didn’t recall: Spaghetti lentils and veal kidney. It often happens that the kitchen serves some tests to see what effect they generate. For me, I was struck, but clearly this didn’t happen to everyone.
The nicest compliment, because it was true, came from professor Umberto Veronesi: «Aimo, you sell health». And to celebrate sixty years of delicious Italian wellbeing at Il Luogo they have created a programme of six dinners, one for each decade, starting from the 13th of July with recipes and years between 1962 and 1971.
Aimo Moroni will turn 89 in January 2023. Photo Paolo Marchi
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Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
A mouth watering page, published every Sunday in Il Giornale from November 1999 to the autumn of 2010. Stories and personalities that continue to live in this website
born in Milan in March 1955, at Il Giornale for 31 years dividing himself between sports and food, since 2004 he's the creator and curator of Identità Golose.