In order to continue to offer incredible Italian food to our guests, where do we find our inspiration? We regularly look toward experts in the field, Italian chefs around the world, to learn about new recipes, understand different approaches to Italian dishes, and embrace Italian life in each of our meals.
Here are just a few of our favorite Italian chefs that inspire our Italian cooking!
A world-class chef, Massimo Bottura is one of the best-known restaurateurs in the world with dozens of global accolades including his three-Michelin star restaurant, Osteria Francescana. But it is his approach to Italian food that we find most inspiring. While he is classically trained in Italian cuisine, Massimo’s idea of a perfect dish is “tradition, but observed from a distance.” Davide prizes himself in taking traditional recipes and, using modern techniques and new ingredients, developing something special every day. We love this approach to Italian cooking!
When it comes to influencing Italian cooking in America, we can all thank Marcella Hazan. Born in Italy, Marcella Hazan held a doctorate in natural sciences and biology and moved to America in 1955 after marrying an Italian-born New Yorker. With a no-nonsense style, Marcella shared real Italian cooking to generations of Americans through her plain-speaking cookbooks. She stayed authentic to ingredients, menus, and attention to detail. Although Marcella passed away in 2013, her straightforward Italian cooking techniques continue to influence us as an approach we’ve embraced in our kitchen.
What inspires us about Davide Oldani is that he keeps things real. While a celebrated chef, including receiving a Michelin star just one year after opening his Restaurant D’O, in Italy, Davide has worked hard to make an Italian restaurant experience both affordable and delicious. Achieving this is no small matter and has even been covered by Harvard Business School as a model of operational excellence. But what really inspires us? His pasta with tomato sauce! Using the freshest ingredients, Davide makes it easy to fall in love with spaghetti and sauce over and over again.
It’s hard to imagine becoming an expert in Italian baking by accident, but that’s just what happened to Gina DePalma. Gina grew up in an Italian household and was culinary school trained. As part of her training, and because her teacher thought she may have a gift, Gina was sent off to Chanterelle in New York City for an externship in pastry. This is where her passion was born! Gina’s approach to sweet delicacies is to keep flavors pure and direct and honoring great ingredients, which she perfected as Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante Enoteca. Her love and commitment to high-quality desserts is what we admire most!
Giada De Laurentiis
Some Italian chefs just bring a special flair to cooking. Take Giada De Laurentiis, the Italian-born, Paris-educated, UCLA-graduate, Food Network cooking star. For millions who have watched Giada De Laurentiis, she entertains and educates about Italian cooking, and gives audiences confidence to try to make Italian meals on their own. While she may deviate from some authentic Italian recipes or techniques now and then, Giada has provided insight into the Italian cooking process and inspired us to not be intimidated and, instead, to make Italian cooking fun!
Visit Pinocchio’s to experience, first hand, the inspiration behind our commitment to the creating and serving the very best Italian food. From the freshest ingredients to our authentic cooking skills, at Pinocchio’s you’ll experience some of the most incredible Italian food in Colorado!