piazza Libertà, 10
Repubblica di San Marino
Luigi Sartini offers to the people of San Marino and to tourists, the dishes of his territory, the smallest and most ancient Republic in the world which, surrounded by Italy, appears almost invisible on the culinary map, like the small Lilliput land, the one illustrated by novelist Swift centuries ago. Sartini, a modern Gulliver armed with pots and pans, has helped the Lilliputian people of San Marino to emerge on the culinary scene of the entire peninsula. He starts to work already 25 years ago, running the historic Taverna Righi, opened in the Sixties by the homonymous family which, represented by Maria, has fed the 2 generations that have passed through Piazza della Libertà, in the heart of the State.
Just like Gulliver, Sartini starts from his land to meet other cuisines and life masters, including Marchesi and Angelini, who have inspired his curiosity in making traditional dishes and recipes re-live, his wise use of creativity and the passionate rigour in the building of his profession as a chef. In 1990 he returns to San Marino, when the Righi family challenges him to bring the Taverna to represent San Marino’s gastronomy beyond its borders. The finish-line is reached and overcome, the entrance of Righi is crossed by an ever growing number of tourists and gourmet fans and in 2008 the most desired award arrives with the Michelin star.
Sartini has maintained intact the integrity and the desire to let people know the products of his territory thanks to preparations that are always contemporary and never banal, without giving way to the influence of easy trends or “tourist-catching” influences. Among the first to speak of “chilometro-zero”, ultra-local products, he likes to stress that he uses products protected by the Consorzio Terre di San Marino and the aim in his dishes is always that of showing his territory at its best, with simplicity and taste. This Gulliver at the stove today has the uncommon responsibility of representing with his cuisine that of a whole State.
Born in Pennabilli, a few steps from San Marino, after catering school he follows Gino Angelini first in Rimini at hotel Ambasciatori, then in Riccione at Gran Hotel Des Bains. Between the first and second experience, he works in Milan with Gualtiero Marchesi (1988), his second master. In 1990 the Righi family offers him the running of the Taverna Righi kitchen in San Marino. In 2008 the Michelin star arrives. He collaborates with numerous schools among which are Pepe Verde in Rome and Gourmadia in Cesena
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A photo of Piazza della Libertà, the central point of Città di San Marino: overlooking the square there’s Righi, +378.0549.991106, a osteria (on the ground floor) and starred restaurant (on the first flooer) run by Luigi Sartini, a pupil of Gualtiero Marchesi and today a point of reference for young chefs in the small Republic (photo credits ristoranterighi.com)
The poster for the launch of the second edition of the Milano Food & Wine Festival, from the 9th to the 11th of February at the MiCo in via Gattamelata in Milan. The wine side of the event created by Helmuth Koecher and Paolo Marchi includes over 400 wines from 150 wine producers. Tickets, for 33 euros, can be purchased online at Ticket One or on location during the 3 days of the festival.
A photo taken during the first edition of the Milano Food & Wine Festival. The second edition will take place from Saturday 9th to Monday 11th February 2013 at the MiCo in via Gattamelata: over 400 wines from 150 wine producers, dozens of chefs, pastry-chefs, pizza-makers in a very tasty programme. Tickets can be bought online on Ticket One or in person, on location, in the 3 days of the event