Il nuovo menu dell'Osteria Francescana, denominato I’m not there, è una nuova interpretazione di piatti classici del ristorante modenese. Tutte le foto sono di Paolo Terzi
I'm not there, the new menu by Massimo Bottura and the entire Francescana Family, is a free and poetic reinterpretation of Osteria Francescana’s historical dishes, filtered through the cultural biodiversity of the brigade. It is also the title of the main track and of the film on Bob Dylan's life, directed by Todd Haynes; it’s named after a song written by Dylan himself in 1956, but only released in 2007, on the occasion of the film's release.
Massimo started precisely from the film - which recounts such a complex character through multiple perspectives (a caption at the beginning specifies: "Inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan") - to present, in a contemporary key, the possible "many lives" of the dishes that have made the history of the restaurant. Today, they are completely revolutionised with respect to their original version, after a long work, almost six months of study involving the entire staff of Via Stella: details, textures and temperatures have been changed until Bottura found a new balance, an equal and different perfection.
With a precise interpretation: the Francescana Family is cosmopolitan. So the process of reinterpreting the dishes is linked to the international cultures of the young people who populate Modenese cuisine today. Massimo tells us: 'These are not cover versions, to borrow the musical term. Instead, these are new dishes to all intents and purposes that start from the ingredients used in the historical ones, but the interpretation is absolutely free. It's a game, we play like children. Picasso used to say: 'When I was a kid I drew like Raphael, it took me forever to learn to draw like a child'. We cook like children. And we have fun.’
Memory of a mortadella sandwich (2001-2023)
The eel going up the Po (2010-2023)
A potato that wants to become a truffle (2008-2023)
Compression of pasta and beans in Mediterranean camouflage (2004-2023)
I burnt a sardine (2008-2023)
Grey and Black Rice (2006-2023)
Caesar Salad in Emilia (2001-2023)
Tortellini walking on broth (2000-2023)
Between “La vie en rose“ and “Oh, deer” (2015/16-2023)
This little piggy went to the market (2014-2023)
Five maturations of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures (1993-2023)
Bread is Gold (2015-2023)
Capri Battery (2015-2023)
Better than popcorn as crunch (1999-2023)
Oops! I dropped my lemon tart (2011-2023)
The price of the tasting menu is 325 euros. The wine pairing is 210 euros.
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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British-Slovenian, born in 1971, he was raised in Ticino, in Italian Switzerland, and has been working in a bank for almost two decades. His passions are good food, wines and travelling. He became a food enthusiast ten years ago, after watching Gordon Ramsay’s first TV shows and started to travel first around Italy and the Europe and elsewhere in the world in search of the best restaurants. A good dish must always thrill him, because cooking, like many other forms of art, is about emotionsBritish-Slovenian, born in 1971, he was raised in Ticino, in Italian Switzerland, and has been working in a bank for almost two decades. His passions are good food, wines and travelling. He became a food enthusiast ten years ago, after watching Gordon Ramsay’s first TV shows and started to travel first around Italy and the Europe and elsewhere in the world in search of the best restaurants. A good dish must always thrill him, because cooking, like many other forms of art, is about emotions
On stage in the Auditorium, Paolo Marchi and Gabriele Zanatta (who moderated the talk) together with the protagonists of Identità Talk: Giorgio Locatelli, Massimo Bottura, Brian McGinn and, remotely, David Gelb. All photos are by Brambilla-Serrani.
Carlo Cracco, Alberto Gipponi, Enrico Bartolini, Andrea Aprea, Massimo Bottura on Wednesday morning at the Hub of Identità Golose Milano at the preview of the Identità Milano congress, which will take place from 28th to 30th January 2023 at MiCo in Via Gattamelata (photo Brambilla/Serrani)
The protagonists of the dinner, on Tuesday 13th September at Gucci Osteria in Florence: Takahiko Kondo, Karime López, Massimo Bottura and Jerome Ianmark Calayag, winner of the 2021 S.Pellegrino Young Chef