Tag: Fine Dining

Executive Chef Chris Marchino – Spiaggia of Chicago

“Sprezzatura” I start this posting with a lesson learned the hard way: NEVER EAT BUFFALO WINGS AND DEEP DISH PIZZA PRIOR TO A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE!!!! Stuffed to the point of exhaustion from lunch (the wings and pizza), dinner was upon us.  I’d never faced this obstacle of forgoing the tasting menu as this was

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Restaurant L’Olivo – Capri Palace – Second Visit

Tuesday, June 4th Round two and we can’t wait.  Tonight the tasting menu it shall be.  After spending time with Angelo in the cellar our palates were craving something special from Campania and Mr. Di Costanzo delivered – – Quintodecimo!!!!!  Angelo you’d be proud as Daniele was the perfect sommelier while you were away.  Your

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Restaurant L’Olivo – Capri Palace – First Visit

Thursday, May 30th Restaurant L’Olivo with two Michelin stars under the direction of Chef Andrea Migliaccio was sublime and awe inspiring.  His approach to cuisine while executing simplicity and control, is to be admire; and trust me, we did.  Something magical and spectacular happened during our first evening dining at L’Olivo.  With several recommendations on

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L’Ambroisie (Lunch)

Wednesday, May 29th Ahhhh, time for more star gazing — Michelin, to be exact.  We are off to L’Ambroisie to experience the cuisine of Chef Mathieu Pacaud, son of famed Chef Bernard Pacaud.  We were extremely fortunate to have connected with a friend in Paris who happens to be great friends with Chef Mathieu so,

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Le Grand Véfour (Lunch)

Monday, May 27th When Michelin starred Chef Guy Martin greeted us at the door, a deep sense of gratitude and humility welcomed us into what can best be described as his grand studio.  Like the wonderful salons that housed excellent works of art pre-impressionism, Chef Martin exquisite and sumptuous masterpieces come to life on canvases

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Lasserre (Dinner)

Saturday Evening, May 25th To sit under the roof that inspired Marc Chagall to crown the Opéra Garnier and consume the  cuisine of Chef Christophe Moret was the perfect return to refined French cuisine.   My expectations were high and my desire to find the perfect wine to complement the feast to come, led me to

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The Hay Adams, Washington DC – – – Elegant, Classy & Timeless!!!!

I decided the first posting of the New Year should focus on the defining luxurious experience I encountered upon moving to Washington DC in 1999.  This experience set the course of what has become a life long exploration into fine dining and the finer things in life.  It all started at  The Hay Adams.  Not

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Chef Laurent Paccini – Le Saint-Paul de Vence

April 16th – Dinner In 2005 I met Chef Laurent Paccini in Lago di Garda.   Although it would be almost seven years later before we saw each other again,  I knew the time spent with then sous Chef Laurent Paccini and Chef Ricardo Camanini at Villa Fiordaliso was something incredibly special and meaningful.  It

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