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Head Chef, Masseria Moroseta

Giorgia wears the ALEX AND TRAHANAS Travel Essentials Italian Linen unisex shirt and pants .
Photographed by Marina Denisova on location at Masseria 

 About Giorgia:

I was born in Milano 28 years ago. I grew up in a very creative and arty family, very into food and gatherings. I graduated in fashion design and I’ve been working several years in fashion styling. Five years ago I decided to quit everything and start the pursuit of my biggest dream, becoming a chef. One year ago I moved to Puglia to cook for Masseria Moroseta, I was supposed to stay here just a couple of months, but after few days I knew that this was the right place for me.

What is your food ethos? 

The starting point is always the research of the best ingredients available, organically produced and as local as possible. Puglia is a dreamland, you can get incredible olive oil, amazing vegetables and fruit, seafood and the best dairy products I’ve ever tasted.

I like to mix local traditions, food memories from my childhood with spices and techniques from all over the world.

What is your favourite dish to cook? 

I love broths and soups in general, it’s something I love to cook for myself when I have some time to relax at home.

Can’t think of anything better than the soothing effect of a rich dashi broth simmering on cold winter days or a chilled gazpacho made with perfectly ripe tomatoes and plenty of olive oil. 

What are your top 5 must-visit restaurants in Puglia?

Go there for their forcatella – super fresh raw seafood and pasta with mussels.
Address: SP90, 25, 72015 Savelletri BR, Italy

2. TRATTORIA AL CAPITOLO, Ceglie Messapica – perfect lunchtime spot in Winter time, local grandma cooking freshly made orecchiette with garlicky broccoli rabe, chilli and anchovies.
Address: Via Orto del Capitolo, 10, 72013 Ceglie Messapica BR, Italy

3. AL FORNELLO, Cisternino – Grilled meat at its best, lamb offals to die for.
Address: Piazza Pellegrino Rossi, 15, 72014 Cisternino BR, Italy

4. PASHA, Conversano – One-michelin star restaurant in a beautiful antique monastery, outstanding almond ice cream with sea urchin emulsion.
Address: Via Morgantini 2, 70014 Conversano BA, Italy

5. PESCHERIA DUE MARI, Savelletri – seafood tartare heaven and a truly amazing wine list.
Address: Piazza Amati, 1, 72015 Savelletri, Fasano BR, Italy

What is your ultimate entertaining scenario?

Guests: No more than 20 people, my family, lifetime best friends and my dearest collegues from former restaurants. And of course all my beloved dogs going around.

Menu: I’d love to do something beautiful and festive with everything I want to eat, like in Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen.

Sole pickled with sherry vinegar, currants, pinenuts and sage (my mother’s recipe)
Shrimp and scallop ceviche
Cantabrico anchovies with rye bread and butter
Foie Gras and Smoked eel terrine

Tortellini in brodo with truffle

Roast lamb with figs, shallots and thyme.

Selection of stinky French cheeses, with honey and dry fruit.

Apple tarte tatin with crème fraiche
Panettone (my favorite dessert ever!)

Location:  Masseria Moroseta, of course! 

Music: A playlist that includes Italian classics like Paolo Conte and Lucio Battisti, plus Chet Faker, Ella Fitzgerald, Sixto Rodriguez and Neil Young.

Decor/table top styling: Old linens bought at flea markets, silver cutlery, white candles and a mix of ceramics made in Grottaglie.

Giorgia wears the ALEX AND TRAHANAS Travel Essentials Italian Linen unisex shirt and pants

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Photographs above by Marina Denisova,