Slow Lake Como Food Partners Max

One of the most interesting collaborations of Slow Lake Como is the Food Partner Max, who is one of the founders of the project Cibo Raccontato (which means “narrated food”) and also a teacher of our pasta and pizza experiences. Max likes feeding people with love and prepare food with passion combined with fun and curiosity. The only thing he is proud of, he says, he can make a unique spaghetti tomato dish.
However, there are so many things he should be proud of: for example, in 2012, he started the project Cibo Raccontato, with Marina Romanò and Monica Cattaneo created an educational project part of  “Corto Circuito” cooperating with the fair trade “Isola che c’è”.

In the beginning, the project was focused on classes about food education: some examples of classes were about how to make food in the correct way and how to avoid food poisoning. However, those seminars with presentations were not as impactful as Max and colleagues would have wished them to be. For this reason, they decided to change approach by not only showing and telling but also listening: he tried to invite a cheesemaker or a farmer and give the audience the opportunity to talk directly to them. In this way, people could feel their passion and the work behind the ingredient, which then leads to the final dish made of hard work and passion. People liked a lot this change and so

For Max, cooking has never been a business but an educational laboratory where he creates the economy of relationships. In fact, he loves the sentence from Michael Bourdin “cooking is a way of giving”, as food becomes a gift for others to enjoy. For this reason, Max prepares food putting a secret ingredient: love. His philosophy is that no one would cook bad food for people he or she cares about, so in his practice, he believes he does not only give dishes but also good practices. All his years of cooking experiences are collected in the cookbook called “CortoBio kitchen”.

One of the lessons that Max learned from his experience and from where you can understand his humility is that he believes we must respect Mother Earth and especially give dignity to the people working in the agriculture, putting so much effort to give us quality products. We can make a change according to him and it is all about working with the short supply chain and be in contact with producers.

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All these lessons and even more are part of the pasta and pizza experiences organized with Slow Lake Como and Max, where people can learn not only how to cook but also understand the ingredients used in the recipes, all coming from local farmers, of course.

Mariya,
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The tours, courses, and events promoted by Slow Lake Como allow you to sample local products coming into contact with farmers, artisans and producers of local foods. 

Hostaria La Costa_Slow Lake Como partner

One of our favorite food partner on Lake Como is the inn La Costa, which cooperates with Slow Lake Como for many gastronomic events linked to the local cuisine. This tavern has an interesting history going back to the 17th century when it was a typical Lombard farmhouse. Then at the beginning of 1900, it became an inn and was visited by farmers who wanted to drink some wine and enjoy themselves after the hard work on the field. After them, it was the time for day laborers to come to La Costa. In the ’60s the inn was transformed into a pizza restaurant and now it is not only a pizzeria but also a restaurant and it has a more modern look, however, it has a link to the past thanks to the investment done to restore the furniture.

Nowadays, La Costa offers a cuisine based on the seasonal proposal, maintaining a close link with the territory. Its pride is the production of local salame and fresh homemade pasta, all the ingredients are carefully researched and selected. 70% of the products are produced and grown by the inn, as it tries to be more independent from suppliers. Pizzas are made with the best ingredients and respecting the tradition by cooking them in a wood oven. Some of the local dishes include meat, risotto, local cheese, gnocchi, lasagne, pizzoccheri, hand-made cakes, and regional wine.

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Moreover, there is the possibility to organize banquets, refreshments, business lunches, private parties and wine tasting evenings to satisfy every customer request. In fact, Slow Lake Como often organizes gastronomic events at La Costa. One example is the event about the local dish Paradell, which was eaten by farmers as it uses simple ingredients such as flour, eggs, water or milk, and sugar/salt. Today we use to cook it using sugar but in the past, it was a salty dish and for this reason during the event participants have the opportunity to cook it traditionally using salt. Here is the recipe: mix white flour in milk or water with a pinch of salt, adding a whole egg until everything is well blended. Then put a pan on the fire with seed oil and pour the whole mixture into it, adding as desired, a good fresh or dried American grape. When browned on one side, the Paradell is turned upside down for complete cooking. Then it is cut into slices.

The environment where the restaurant-inn La Costa is located and where the events are held is in the Mills Valley (Valle dei Mulini): it is where many mills once worked and where the authenticity and traditions are still kept alive. The inn is an example of how to maintain local flavors and be modern at the same time: a place where different generations can meet, ideal for locals to rediscover the past and for tourists to discover the food of Lake Como in a different light.

Hostaria La Costa_Slow Lake Como partner

The inn in the past, Facebook site of hostaria la costa

Mariya,
Discover the activities on Lake Como Italy with us, click here discover our tours! or ask about our tours in Lake Como
info@slowlakecomo.com mobile +39 392 027 9675.

NOT TO MISS:

The tours, courses, and events promoted by Slow Lake Como allow you to sample local products coming into contact with farmers, artisans and producers of local foods.