At SETTIMO – Roman Cuisine & Terrace at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, featuring a cuisine firmly rooted in Italian tradition, diners know their taste buds will be delighted under the direction of Salerno-born Chef Giuseppe D’Allessio. Italian tradition is, quite literally, in his blood.
He honed his skills while retaining his tradition in kitchens throughout Italy and the rest of Europe, including England, France and Germany. Two received Michelin stars: Orrery and Jacques Maximin. He first joined Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese as executive chef at La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge before moving to SETTIMO.
As of press time, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese was scheduled to re-open Sept. 1.
WHICH FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? AND ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM, WHAT IS ONE INGREDIENT OR FOOD YOU HATE TO USE?
There is not an ingredient I love to use more than others or that I hate more. Each ingredient must be studied. You must know how to use it. It is similar to the fact each person is different but all-important. My job is to enhance it … in a dish, during the season, etc.
WHAT DISHES WOULD YOU SERVE AT A PRIVATE DINNER PARTY?
The dishes that never fail in private events are a stuffed pasta and special risotto.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MEAL YOU EVER PREPARED ON YOUR OWN?
If my memory serves correctly, it was a fresh pasta. Every Sunday my mother would make fresh pasta as a ritual. It was the first thing I did alone.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN ONE DISH, WHICH DISH WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
My personal style is reflected in the dishes through a sense of simplicity with quality ingredients. A dish must touch the essentials without too many turns of words.
WHICH CULINARY TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISAPPEAR?
Today, many trends reflect our way of life, but I would make the term “fast food” disappear. Food is a moment of sharing and reflection; eating is a moment of joy. You have to dedicate time to it.
SETTIMO ROMAN CUISINE & TERRACE
Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese Via Lombardia 47
00187 Rome RM
tel 39 06 478021
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.
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It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.