On the 18th of March 2023 Andrea Baldini, mayor of Argenta, and Igles Corelli, unveil the plaque commemorating the Saperi e Sapori event at the Centro Culturale dei Cappuccini
In the galaxy of fine restaurants, there are two legendary names. One is now shrouded in the mists of time, Cantarelli in Samboseto near Parma, and the second one is closer to us, Trigabolo in Argenta in the province of Ferrara. The former closed on 31 December 1982 because Mirella and Giuseppe Cantarelli were burdened with fatigue rather than years – she died in 1986 at the age of 55 and he in 1992 at 73. Trigabolo was instead part of the Eighties and Nineties, open until 1997.
The first act was in 1979 when Giacinto Rossetti, a toy salesman, took over a pizzeria and developed it as a restaurant with extraordinary innovative propulsion in 1983 with the arrival of chefs who would leave a deep mark, starting with Igles Corelli and continuing with Bruno Barbieri, just 17 at the time, pastry chef Mauro Gualandi, the Leone brothers, Marcello and Gianluca, Pierluigi Di Diego, Italo Bassi, Marco Boni...
Bruno Barbieri when he still didn't think he would become a TV star
They did not experience that natural downward parabola common to millions and millions of other businesses and people everywhere on Earth. Everything exploded, like those rockets that burst in flight. People say that Michelin acknowledged the third star posthumously. A plaque hung on a wall of the Bolognese restaurant dei Leoni at the time. Certainly, Trigabolo did not express its full potential and those who experienced it at least once - and they would be at least 45 years old today - wonder how high it would get. ‘We only experienced the upward phase, and not even all of it. We never reached our natural peak and yet everyone remembers us and tells us that we were destined to go much higher. This gratifies us beyond a missed star,' says Igles Corelli, born in 1955.
Fried and caramelised choux pastry with tangerine sauce, Trigabolo's masterpiece dessert from the mind of Mauro Gualandi, in the centre of the photo, between Igles Corelli and Bruno Barbieri
The famous Gambero Rosso cover that, in February 2004, summarised the revolutionary power of the Trigabolo brigade with a comparison with The Beatles
Final note: on the 23rd of June a charity evening dedicated to Trigabolo will take place at the Grand Hotel da Vinci in Cesenatico. Seating 400 people, the proceeds will go in favour of the Istituto Oncologico di Romagna. Saperi e Sapori is not the past.
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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