Gaetano Trovato is the Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux of restaurant Arnolfo in Colle Val D'Elsa, Italy. With his brother, Giovanni - the sommelier and maitre D' - they reflect their Sicilian roots, using regional and seasonal products. Combining fine-dining with a homely feeling, Arnolofo is in a lovingly restored 16th Century palazzo. It reflects a balanced mix of antique furniture and handcrafted Baccarat chandeliers with a few selected images of modern art. The tables are stocked with fine fine white porcelain, which is supplemented with simple crystal glasses. Colle is a town of crystal production in Tuscany.
As an adolescent, Chef Trovato developed a love for fine cuisine, blends of different flavours, contrasting tastes and unusual pairings: sweet, savoury, bitter and sour. He became a chef out of his passion towards these elements, and towards his culinary Italian roots. Plus, he had a talent for it and a desire to be creative. He started his career as an apprentice in Saint-Moritz, and then, under the supervision of the great chef Angelo Paracucchi, in Ameglia, he learnt how to bring taste to life. It was later at Le Moulin de Mougins with Roger Vergé and in Paris, working with Gaston Lenôtre that his signature cuisine became apparent.
The restaurant - founded in 1982 by Gaetano - has since been awarded two Michelin stars, and become a member of Relais & Chateaux.
Describe your culinary philosophy…
My five most important ingredients of Italian cuisine are:
the microclimate of each region has its rewards in a different way following the seasonal pattern, Vegetables, Meat, Fish, Pasta, Cheeses.Today's kitchen is simply the result of professional experience, carried out by re-reading, the dishes that have marked the history of our country.
What is your aim?
There is a direct or default goal there are many, but certainly thinking about the health of of my clients, using excellent products, organic away my land, thinking to create healthy dishes, beautiful, digestible and great color effect, but also very tasty.
What is your greatest inspiration?
Inspiration is within mè always grows and matures with me, it evolves according to the state of mind that allows you to express beauty and at the same time with taste.
What three things would you take to a desert island?
I would bring with me, love, water, fire.
- 2 Michelin stars
Via XX Settembre n° 50 - 52
Colle di Val d'Elsa
+39 05 77 92 05 49