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Fabio Picchi: from Florence to Japan in a dish!

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Fabio Picchi: from Florence to Japan in a dish!

There are people in Florence who are a real institution. The histrionic Fabio Picchi is just one of these. You will have seen him on television with his passionate and authentic way of talking about cooking. But who is Fabio Picchi? First of all, he is a Florentine born and bred, in love with his city. But he is also the owner of 'Cibreo', one of the best restaurants in Florence. For the record, 'Cibrèo' is an ancient Florentine dish made of offal. The very young Picchi opened the place in 1979 with the money lent to him by his father, convinced that he would have drawn a blank! But that isn’t what it turned out to be.

The passion for local, genuine products, for a good traditional cuisine which is never predictable and for the innate dedication to the wellbeing of the customer have led 'Cibrèo' to become a real reference point for the Tuscan cuisine and tradition. As we anticipated, Fabio Picchi is not just a chef! He is a creative, inquisitive man in love with travel, art, cinema and theater. It is certainly no coincidence that together with his wife, the actress and author Maria Cassi he founded Teatro del Sale: a place that is a real hotbed of creativity. But Fabio Picchi never stops and so, in addition to the Cibreo, he opened a trattoria, a café and a cooking academy in Florence, one next to another.

His latest project gives us an idea of the unending creativity of this character. This is the 'Ciblèo'. This isn’t a typo! With the irony typical of Tuscan people, he winks at Asian people who have difficulty pronouncing the Italian 'r'. The new restaurant offers a 'Tuscan-oriental' cuisine: oriental dishes cooked with Tuscan products. After all, what could one expect from someone who, before opening a restaurant in Tokyo, requested a vegetable garden to plant and grow its ingredients! Some examples of dishes: Himalayan rosticciana or shrimp with yuzu kosho sauce!

Did we make you hungry or in the mood for cooking? So, it might be a good idea to book our 'Tuscan cooking course in Florence with a final tasting'. We can’t promise to reach the levels of Fabio Picchi, but in the meantime, you can start taking your first steps in the kitchen!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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