An unprecedented enogastronomic tour of Italy departed on the 29th of June 2015 from the Milan Expo and not only it touched base at the most prestigious sanctuaries of the eat and drink well but also explored some of the hidden gourmet gems of Italy.
Road to Dubai – The Italian tasty way was the first gourmet tour that happened aboard of three state of the art campervans providing maximum comfort.
A group of chefs, journalists, food products distributors and foodies from Dubai, the metropolitan center of the United Arab Emirates packed their bags to travel from North to South Italy. Lead by the executive chef of Bice Mare restaurant Dubai, Francesco Guarracino the gourmand troop strolled along an ideal route connecting Italy with Dubai, where between the 27th of October and the 6th of November the Italian Cuisine World Summit will take place.
The stops of the tour provided the possibility to try the cuisine of some of the best chefs and restaurants of the Contemporary Italy, like Enrico Bartolini (Devero – Cavenago)**, Mauro Uliassi (Uliassi – Senigallia)**, Heinz Beck (La Pergola Cavalieri Hilton – Rome)***, Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino (Don Alfonso – Sant’Agata sui due Golfi)**, Rosanna Marziale (Le Colonne – Caserta)*, Angelo Sabatelli (Sabatelli – Monopoli)*, Antonella Ricci (Al Fornello da Ricci - Ceglie Messapica)*, Vincenzo Candiano (Locanda Don Serafino – Ragusa)** e Pino Cuttaia (La Madia – Licata)**. All of these chefs will be present at the Summit in Dubai.
The high quality pizza couldn’t be missed in a tour like this, so the campers visited Caiazzo to try the famous artisan pizza of Franco Pepe (Pepe in Grani).
Some of the stops were dedicated to local food producers, like high quality olive oil, typical cheese, traditional sweets, and wine also. At Punta Campanella close to Sorrento for example the travellers were fishing for a rare type of prawn, the prawn of Crapolla, while in Castel Sasso, in La Campestre farm they discovered the secrets of the Conciato Romano, one of the most ancient types of Italian cheese.
Between the winery stops there was a winery from Le Marche region, Cantina La Murola, and visits of some of the rediscovered grape varieties like the Casavecchia and Pallagrello in Campania by Peppe Mancini and Manuela Piancastelli, and the famous Primitivo of Manduria in Puglia.
Amongst the journalist there were Sarah Hedley Hymers (www.ahlanlive.com), Stacey Overton Johnson (www.thenational.ae), Dave Reeder (www.theprochefme.com), Samantha Wood (www.foodiva.net) Wafaa Zaki (www.mbc.net) following the entire tour.