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La Vita è Dolce in Copacabana with Francesco Carli


La Vita è Dolce arrives in Rio De Janeiro. Francesco Carli, skilled Executive Chef of the Orient-Express Copacabana Hotel, prepares a Soft Torrone with almonds and candied grapefruit with semifreddo al torrone and blackberry sauce.

The sweet will be served, from today up to October 16th, in the Hotel Cipriani Restaurant, where Francesco, before being promoted last year as Executive Chef, has been chef for thirteen years. He arrived in Rio de Janeiro from the Hotel Cipriani in Venice for a short season and now would not consider going back.  Francesco is the author of various books and “is likely the most respected Italian chef in Brazil”, says Elena Ruocco, La Vita è Dolce Tour Coordinator, who lives in Rio and shares with Francesco time and culinary experiences.

Francesco's version of Torrone
Francesco's Soft Torrone with almonds and candied
grapefruit with Semifreddo al Torrone and Blackberry sauce

Francesco’s quality cuisine has been given considerable recognition during the years. The Hotel Cipriani Restaurant was elected as one of the ten best restaurants in the world by American magazine 'Hotel' and received awards from Veja Magazine (a famous magazine in Rio de Janeiro), Gula Magazine and Danusia Bárbara Guide (Danusia is a well-known food critic).

Francesco Carli with Elena Ruocco
Francesco Carli with Elena Ruocco
Chef Carli's Carbonara
Chef Carli's Carbonara