Food in Sicily - Giorgio Locatelli's thoughts
FOOD AND WINE IN SICILY
Giorgio Locatelli is widely considered to be one of the best Italian chefs working in the UK. At Locanda Locatelli, Giorgio serves traditional Italian dishes, emphasising the quality and freshness of the produce, as well as adding his own personal creative touch. That, together with a friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere, has made Locanda Locatelli one of the most sought-after restaurants in London. It won a Michelin star in 2003 (Giorgio’s second), which was been retained ever since.
His frequent television appearances, including three popular series, BBC2's 'Sicily Unpacked' (January 2012), BBC2’s 'Tony and Giorgio' and 'Pure Italian' have made him a household name. His homage to Italian food, 'Made in Italy', is an encyclopaedic guide to his country's cuisine in all its rich diversity, while his more recent 'Made in Sicily' is the book to buy for anyone interested in the sophisticated and multi-faceted cuisine of the Mediterranean's largest island. He frequently holidays in Sicily and has stayed in a number of The Thinking Traveller villas.
Here's what he has to say about his love of Sicilian food:
"I love Sicilian food because it's very different from food in other Italian regions because of its insularity and the dominations over the territory: North African flavours blend together with tastes belonging to a plethora of different cultures combined with fresh ingredients. Sicily has not yet been touched by food globalisation - it survives on its own produce and is an example of man turning all the land's flavours to his favour. The prawns from Mazara del Vallo are an example of how Sicilian food is incomparable to any other."
Try Giorgio's recipe for Busiate al Pesto Trapanese, a Sicilian classic featured in Made in Sicily!