There is no shortage of restaurants and fine dining in Florence, but if your stay in Italy includes exceptional experiences and fond memories, you must book a seat at “SPOON”, a monthly dinner event series dedicated to the art of convivial dining!
The Michelin star restaurant, Borgo San Jacopo, guided by Executive Chef Peter Brunel, hosts once again the now celebrative dinner appointments alongside his starred colleagues for the 4th edition of SPOON: an extraordinary gastronomical journey guided by the most famous names in contemporary cuisine, in an exceptional environment along the most beautiful bank of the river Arno. Michelin-starred chefs like Riccardo Agostini, Andrea Berton and Carlo Cracco launched this Fourth Edition collaborating with Chef Brunel, Pastry Chef Loretta Fanella and culinary expert Fausto Arrighi.
The guests first gather and socialize in the beautiful Picteau Lounge perched on the south banks of the Arno for an aperitivo with bubbly and customized cocktails. Chef Brunel introduces the Guest Chef and culinary team, while explaining each delicious bite of the starter course. Guests are then shown to their tables and visited by each of the staff. I was honored to join a table for 20 where we changed chairs every course, so time could also be enjoyed making new friends and having many different conversations.
As each course is presented, the Chefs appear and describe their dish and inspiration. Of course, the perfect wine must accompany each presentation, so the Sommelier, Salvatore Biscotti, showcases several outstanding wineries and explains their characteristics and attributes. The 1-Michelin starred Guest Chef Riccardo Agostini from Il Piastrino in Pennabilli was collaborating on the evening I attended. The menu included several fresh fish dishes: Trout with chamomile and fennel, Shrimp with velvet potato and pancetta and Black cod with honey, asparagus, truffle caviar and rice, along with an exceptional mallard dish with black cabbage pesto and burnt onion. Each dish bursting with flavor, complexity and innovation. Perfect mini dessert bites and liqueurs finished the meal.
I was delighted to be invited and participate in one of these educational, interactive and exceptional dining experiences. Book a table for two, bring a group or join others, just go! The essence of Italy is captured perfectly at SPOON. Create a memory you will look forward to revisiting over and over again.
The next SPOON event is September 17th. The cost is €135 per person.
Whatsapp Reservations: +39 342 1234710 or call +39 055 281661.
If you prefer the aperitivo hour and are looking for a classy and unique setting, head to the Fusion Bar & Restaurant located in the Gallery Hotel Art. Every Thursday a DJ entertains and sets the mood while you indulge in their Signature Cocktails and Fusion tapas in the luxurious cabana. €20 pp. #GiovediFushion.
The Lungarno Collection consists of the 5-star flagship Hotel Lungarno just celebrating its 51st year and holding the largest collection of privately owned 20th Century art for your viewing pleasure. Also, within a block of the Arno, the luxury Collection includes the 5-star Portrait Firenze with the classic Italian bistro, Caffè dell’Oro; The 4-star Hotel Continentale with the White Iris Beauty Spa and rooftop Bar La Terrazza; and The 4-star Gallery Hotel Art with the Fusion Bar & Restaurant filled with contemporary art and sculptures. Each establishment impeccably designed and furnished, ranging from a 1950’s fashion and culture theme to modern and contemporary with extraordinary artwork throughout all the hotels. Guests can enjoy the amenities of all four locations. Whatever your taste or style, budget or desires, you will find the perfect fit with the Lungarno Collection.