Monday was Daniele’s birthday. Surely something has gone awry, we wanted to celebrate his birthday, but his mood was not the best. He preferred to spend the evening in his small apartment listening to his favorite music…
I understand him. It is not because another year has passed. I have had a similar feeling all my life!
Yesterday afternoon, Daniele called me to invite me out for dinner. Just the two of us – a tete-a-tete between father and son! How nice! It made me happy, the invitation was more of a gift for me than for him! He booked the best restaurant in Florence, probably the best in Italy – the Enoteca Pinchiorri! Daniele had never been there before and he wanted me to share the excitement of this experience with him!
I have known Giorgio Pinchiorri since I was a young playboy and Giorgio was the sommelier at a well known Florentine restaurant, Buca Lapi. Later, Giorgio and his wife started this adventure in good food and fine dining. From the very beginning the Enoteca Pinchiorri has proven to be a gourmet restaurant. They soon realized their dream of acquiring forks in the Michelin Guide. I have followed their success with pleasure. A story of love and passion for good food. From time to time I have encountered them in restaurants around the world, in constant pursuit of new flavors, seeking to unravel the secrets of other cuisines, which they could transfer into their own unique dishes with characteristic love and expertise.
It has been many years since I first visited the Enoteca Pinchiorri. The warmth of Giorgio’s greeting sent me on a trip down memory lane. It was in this restaurant that I had a dinner with Eva for the very first time.
A corner table guarding our privacy! Nouvelle Cuisine! The real one… the right one… that special one… fifteen, twenty small dishes with fine artwork. Unique dishes, created by those who love cooking so much that it has become their mission in life. A cuisine that has its roots in Art. The same Art that you can “breathe” on every corner in Florence!
Each dish was accompanied by a perfect wine. Two white… a young red Tuscan… a red Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986… incredible wines! I cannot describe the delight and the quality of the desserts, I would make your mouth water.
After dinner, Giorgio Pinchiorri accompanied us on a tour of the wine cellar. It could be called the Wine Museum, a masterpiece! Managed by a sophisticated system of temperature and humidity control which is crucial to preserve this wonderful heritage of nature!
An unforgettable evening. Daniele was wonderful. He listened to the confidences I shared with him about my past. I liked seeing the curiosity in his eyes!
I hope you spent a pleasant evening with us!
Un bacio grande…
I LOVE YOU