“Cuisine must undress itself of the superfluous to rediscover the innocence of a child”

Apart from award-winning, three-Michelin-starred Chef Massimiliano Alajmo’s culinary creations are exceptional examples of sophisticated, modest and heartfelt Italian cuisine.

Born into a long line of chefs and restaurateurs, it’s no surprise that Massimiliano decided to embark on a career within the restaurant sector. After attending hotel management school, Massimiliano furthered his culinary educations in the kitchen of Alfredo Chiocchetti of Ja Navalge in Moena, Marc Veyrat of Aberge de l’Eridan in Veyrier-du-Lac, and Michael Guérard of Les Près d’Eugenie in Eugénie-les-Bains.

In 1993, he began working at Le Calandre in Sarmela di Rubano with his mother, chef Rita Chimetto, who had earned the restaurant its first Michelin star in 1992. A year later, Massimiliano became the restaurant’s executive chef, earning the restaurant its second star in 1997 and its third in 2002, making him the youngest chef to be awarded with the Michelin Guide’s prestigious three-star rating at the time.

Today, Massimiliano runs Le Calandre together with his brother Raffaele, as well as La Montecchia and Quadri, among other cafe-bistros. He opened Quadri in Venice in 2001 and one year later the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star.

If Italy was a crown, the Alajmo family would be its jewels.


Four Questions with Massimiliano

Describe your culinary philosophy in 5 words…

Lightness, depth of flavor, fluidity


What is your aim? 

To please my clients


What is your greatest inspiration? 

My daughters


What three things would you take to a desert island?

Bread, olive oil and wine.


  • 3 Michelin Stars | Le Calandre
  • 1 Michelin Star | Quadri
  • 1 Michelin Star | La Montecchia
  • Since 2005 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list

Le Calandre

Via Liguria 1 

35030 Sarmeola di Rubano (PD) 


+39 049 630303

Le Calandre Restaurant



Piazza San Marco 121 

30124 Venezia (VE)


+39 041 5222105 


La Montecchia

Via Montecchia 12

35030 Selvazzano Dentro (PD)


+39 049 8055323

La Montecchia

Caffè Stern 

47, passage des Panoramas 

75002 Paris
+33 (0)175436310 

Caffe Stern

Pictures © Alajmo