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La Credenza: innovation and originality, always

Giovanni Grasso  Igor Macchia

Staying innovative, growing to a level of true quality, remaining a reference point of the haute cuisine of a city – Turin – and of Italy and doing it constantly for more than fifteen years is no mean undertaking. And that is exactly what the chefs, Giovanni Grasso and Igor Macchia, have done with the Ristorante La Credenza in San Maurizio Canavese, just outside Turin. Giovanni’s wife, head of bridge in the dining room, highly experienced with wine, possessing style without baubles and thus generating trust, always pleasant and efficient, Franca Grasso and a team proud of taking part in a project as ambitious as it is demanding are there to accompany us.
La Credenza obtained a Michelin star in 2008, the latest of a series of prestigious national and international awards. Igor and Giovanni complement each other in an exemplary manner.


Both have the same veneration of the best prime materials; both love innovation and originality, which does not mean astound at any cost but rather to journey – at times to fly – and then to return home to tradition, as young ones return to their grandparents’, joyously, even if they do not share the same style of dressing. And as far as travelling is concerned, at La Credenza, exotic spices have also always been at home, the ones that the two cooks brought back from their trips, ones that still entered no Italian kitchen. It is almost always Igor, with his creative, talented and, one could even say, slightly crazy inspiration, who brings to the plate the philosophy of La Credenza; for example in the form of scallops marinated in lemon and juniper, honey sauce, sauté and fried vegetables and smoked yellowtail with cauliflower cooked at low temperature and pink grapefruit sauce. It is difficult for frequent guests to get bored when reading the menu, not to speak of those who seldom frequent the restaurant.
Also at the presentation of the panettone, prepared for them by Francesco Elmi, Igor e Giovanni showed their inexhaustible streak of creativity and modernity.