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Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 10 : 30 AM [IST]

CastaDiva Resort & Spa to promote Italy as Culinary & Wine Tourism destination in India

To set up pop-up restaurant for ‘Flavours of Italy’ food festival from February 8-13, 2014 at The Ambassador hotel in Mumbai
In line with the growing popularity of Experiential Tourism and interest in niche segments in India, CastaDiva Resort & Spa, from Lake Como in Italy, will organise a food festival, ‘Flavours of Italy’, at The Ambassador hotel in Mumbai from February 8-13, 2014 to showcase and promote Italy as a destination for Culinary and Wine Tourism, and also the property among discerning tourists. The team from CastaDiva, led by General Manager, Andrea Luri and Chef Alessio Mecozzi, will recreate their extravagant gourmet restaurant by setting up a pop-up restaurant at Ambassador’s Society Restaurant.

German-born Chef Mecozzi, who has worked in some of the finest five-star hotels, from St Tropez and Tuscany to New York, and who gives traditional Italian cuisine modern twists, will offer diners a five-course menu with signature dishes such as ‘Eggplants parmigiana style with parmesan fondue’ and ‘Red cow Parmesan cheese creamy risotto with duck ragú’, along with home-style Tiramisu. A wine-paired menu will also be offered and recommended to enhance the experience.

Speaking about the initiative, Luri said, “We are thrilled to be bringing CastaDiva to India for the first time. We are honored to have the possibility to show case our property with a pop up restaurant where all the ingredients have been brought from Italy and where patrons will have the chance to experience the original Italian cuisine and hospitality and then can later come and sample the original version directly on Lake Como, the most romantic lake in the world, an ideal venue for a holiday a wedding or a simple getaway. The food and wine festival has been organised in collaboration with the Ambassador Group, and culinary consulting firm, Cellar Door Hospitality. It has been coordinated by our Indian friends, Karl and Amala Dantas.”

Luri informed that CastaDiva Resort & Spa is a five-star luxury resort located on the East side of Lake Como, in Blevio village (five kms from Como and 65 kms from Milano Malpensa International Airport). The Resort, which commenced operations in May 2010, is spread over 26,000 sq mts and has nine villas with a total of 77 rooms (73 rooms, 58 of them are suites and junior suites, and two private villas) and is the only eco-friendly resort of the area.

Karl Dantas informed that February 10 and 11 have been reserved for dinners for the travel trade and media, and special invitees (HNIs) respectively, while a charity dinner will be held on February 12. “There will be cooking demonstrations for the travel trade and media on February 10 afternoon, and travel trade interactions in the afternoons on February 8, 10 and 11,” he stated.

“We have known Luri for many years, first as General Manager of Castello Del Nero near Florence and later as General Manager of CastaDiva Resort & Spa. Chef Mecozzi has been with Luri at both resorts and they work as an excellent team, catering and looking after the rich and famous from all over the world. We have stayed at both properties in our quest to discover new resorts and destinations and we feel a food and wine event is a unique and engaging way to showcase an international resort to the Indian discerning traveller and media,” added Karl Dantas.

Commenting on the partnership with CastaDiva to host the event, Geoff Magee, Vice President - Operations, Ambassador Group, said, “The Society Restaurant at The Ambassador has been one of the leading restaurants in the city’s history for over 40 years, both in European and fine dining cuisines. I intend to revive this nostalgia with a series of festivals, and this Italian Festival is the beginning of one such attempt. I am sure that connoisseurs will find this a fantastic venue.”
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