Luxury Gourmet Hotels near Milan – Antonino Cannavacciuolo and Villa Crespi

Luxury Gourmet Hotels near Milan

Antonino Cannavacciuolo
Villa Crespi, Orta San Giulio, 2 stelle Michelin

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Via Fava, 18, 28016 Orta San Giulio, Italia

villa-crespi-luxury-hotel-lake-ortaVilla Crespi, a luxurious 4 star hotel with two Michelin star awarded Restaurant, in the heart of Piedmont, on Lake Orta. Villa Crespi enjoys the superb natural setting of Lake Orta, the most romantic of all the Italian lakes, in the heart of Piedmont. Easily reached from Milan’s international Malpensa airport, the villa’s exotic design is magically reminiscent of the tales of a Thousand and One Nights.

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Antonino works on his cuisine every day of his life, drawing inspiration from life itself. His dishes also reflect and epitomise his journey northwards from the Sorrento coast to his wife, Cinzia, a native of Orta which is now his home.

Antonino Cannavacciuolo was born in Vico Equense on 16th April 1975 and always knew his destiny would lead him to a life in the kitchen. Among his first memories was waking up to the wonderful smells coming from the pasta sauce his grandmother had been preparing lovingly, for hours, to delight the whole family at Sunday lunch.

His father was a true artist of food decoration and professor at the Vico Equense hotel and catering school where Antonino studied and then took his final exams before throwing himself wholeheartedly into a number of professional experiences around the Naples province, then leaving his smiling, sunny Mediterranean homeland to go north towards new adventures in Piedmont. Then came periods of learning and training under famous French chefs of three Michelin star fame in the Alsace region. His early career is characteristically full of great new acquaintances, varied culture, inspiration and great satisfaction. With Cinzia Primatesta, who will become his wife, in 1999 he undertook the management of Villa Crespi, a gorgeous historical villa on Lake Orta which is both a hotel with 14 rooms and suites and restaurant with 50 covers.

The first awards were soon to come in and indeed his first Michelin star, the three hats in the Italian Espresso Restaurant Guide and three forks in the Italian Gambero Rosso Guide arrived in 2003, his second Michelin star in 2006. More would follow including the Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Europe in 2013, far too many to name, each a source of pride and inspiration to reach ever greater heights in the fascinating world of hospitality and fine cuisine.

In the meantime wedding bells ring for Antonino and Cinzia and they start a family with two children soon coming along. Antonino thus forges deep ties with his adopted land, not just those expressed in his innovative and creative cooking which marries south and north but in his roots and in his heart. Active participation in many events over the course of the years ensure that he becomes one of Italy’s best known and best loved chefs not only because of his authoritative style of delivery but thanks also to great personality and undeniable charisma.

His first TV appearances reveal superb communicative ability and great on-camera presence and so in 2013 he films the first Sky series of the Italian version of Kitchen Nightmares where, having personally experienced all the learning curves, putting knowledge into practice and then achieving success, he discovers he has a new mission: helping failing restauranteurs and their staff to regain a sense of organization, complicity and passion, resuscitating their limping businesses and learning how to work
together in order to reach new goals and new success. And once again in 2013, Antonino’s first book of recipes published by Mondadori, whose title loosely translates into “I’m the boss in the Kitchen” and a page in the superb, important calendar produced by Lavazza.
Thus with his innate altruism and love for people, he teaches others to do what he has learned to do well himself, at the same time discovering new, satisfying successes as a Celebrity Chef serving the hospitality business.