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A Traditional ... Italian Affair

Newspaper article China Post

A Traditional ... Italian Affair

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Italy has always been a synonym for "good food," offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors, scents and aromas. Aside from having pizza and spaghetti, the Mediterranean country also proposes an immense variety of different regional dishes and recipes which are presented at Bencotto At Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.

The newly appointed chef de cuisine, Loris Pistillo, recently unveiled "A Classic Traditional Affair of Italian Gastronomy," which brings a brand-new traditional trattoria-style Italian cuisine with authentic recipes from nonna (grandmother in Italian) to Taipei.

Gifted with an innate flair and skills, Chef Loris delivers homemade recipes that combine the rich culinary heritage with contemporary Italian cuisine for an upscale dining experience.

Classic Take on Authentic Italian Cuisine

Originally from Milan, Italy, Loris is also committed to bringing you Italian dishes that incorporate contemporary touches and local ingredients. He pays unfailing attention to detail and cooks each dish with a heartwarming sensibility, which is the essence of Italian cuisine. Aiming to make you feel as if you were in Italy, he stays true to Italian flavors by preserving the original taste and form of the ingredients.

According to the chef, Italians have a strong relationship with with food; yet, he notes that the differences in flavors among various regions in Italy are "tremendous." While the Italians in the north love their rich heavy sauces, polenta and stuffed meats, people in Central Italy prefer sausages and smoked hams, and southern Italians embrace flavors such as tangy tomato sauces, olive oil and fresh seafood.

All of these regions have contributed their share to classic Italian cuisine, but each has its own distinct set of flavors - and Loris wants to showcase them. He carefully handpicks ingredients to maintain premium quality and original taste, and to offer a different yet personalized Italian dining experience to every diner. …

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