No one loves food rules and traditions quite like the Italians. (Well, maybe the French, but let's move on.) Whether it's Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto di Parma, or aceto balsamico tradizionale, Italy likes to brand and certify its best fare.
And apparently that extends to the Hotel Granduca's Ristorante Cavour. Just two months after Cavour became one of only five restaurants in Houston to earn the "Ospitalità Italiana" Seal, executive chef Renato DePirro has been singled out by the United States Office of the Academia Barilla as a certified Italian Cuisine Master Chef.
The honor places DePirro in the company of only 30 chefs in the United States and 210 worldwide.
The honor places DePirro in the company of only 30 chefs in the United States and 210 worldwide. To be considered for the Master Chef certification, chefs must have five years of experience in an Italian restaurant outside of Italy, have maintained constant contact with Italy, Italian chefs, and quality Italian cuisine and trends, and must demonstrate commitment to respect the fundamentals of Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean diet.
"Chef DePirro deeply respects his revered family traditions, the cooking techniques and principals that are paramount in the preparation of true, authentic Italian cuisine," Granduca General Manager Mary Grace Gray said in a statement. "Every entrée on Ristorante Cavour’s menu embodies Chef DePirro’s passion for adhering to classic Italian traditions and maintaining the integrity and quality of every ingredient."
Have you tried Ristorante Cavour? What do you think?