Nominated for: BEST Italian
According to the playwright Neil Simon, there are two laws in the universe. The law of gravity and everyone likes Italian food. Everyone does like Italian food, but what is it exactly? For us at Bocconato, our interpretation of authentic cuisine began with Chef Giovanni's family roots and extended through a life of adventure and many trips to Italy. Giovanni's grandparents came from the region of Toscana and Piemonte and passed down a heritage steeped in both winemaking and culinary finesse. As an adult, he sledded the Alaskan wilderness while living completely off the land, practiced Oriental medicine and was also a private physician and chef to one of the world's greatest spiritual leaders of our time. Throughout his lifetime, Chef Giovanni's interest in cuisine and wine led him to study with chefs and winemakers throughout the world.