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Italian Cuisine Week celebrates the Mediterranean diet and well-being

November 13th to 19th

The eighth edition of the initiative serves as the motto for the presentation of Italian cuisine’s candidacy for UNESCO’s intangible heritage.

Another edition – the eighth – of Italian Cuisine Week in the World is back. From the 13th to the 19th of November, the Italian Embassy in Lisbon will once again promote the initiative, carried out in more than 100 countries, which has as its main objective the valorization of the Italian gastronomic and wine tradition abroad. The start of Italian Cuisine Week in the World is marked on November 13th, at 1 pm, with an event on the rooftop of the Hotel SANA, in Lisbon, a moment that will be attended by the Italian Ambassador to Portugal, Carlo Formosa.

With the theme “Eating Healthy is a Work of Art”, this gastronomic celebration has a varied program and the participation of several Italian restaurants located from the north to the south of Portugal, which were challenged to create specific menus or dishes to be tasted exclusively during the event.

Italian cuisine candidate for UNESCO heritage

After Venice, New York, Madrid, London, Barcelona, Vigo, Doha and Chicago, it is Lisbon’s turn to discover Italian cuisine’s candidacy for UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, presented in March this year by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forests and the Ministry of Culture of the Italian Republic. The application argues that Italian cuisine is much more than food or a simple list of recipes: it is a set of social and cultural practices that make the preparation and consumption of a meal a moment of sharing and meeting between families and friends.

Italian gastronomy is therefore identified as a collective ritual of a people who conceive food as a cultural element of identity and as an expression of creativity and knowledge that become a tradition and is transmitted from generation to generation. In addition to the historical, social and cultural components, the candidacy highlights Italian cuisine as a way of protecting biodiversity, as it is largely based on the reuse of food scraps, avoiding waste, and the use of seasonal products from several territories.

Mediterranean diet, synonymous with a healthy lifestyle

“Eating Healthy is a Work of Art”: this is the motto chosen by the Italian Embassy in Lisbon for the 2023 edition of Italian Cuisine Week, which aims to highlight the connection between the Mediterranean diet, a symbol of quality and balanced nutrition, and well-being. The theme finds inspiration in an image by Italian Pop Art painter Enrico Bai, which illustrates the pleasure of biting into an apple. The painting is part of the cycle “O Paraíso Perdido”, currently on display in Lisbon, as part of the exhibition “The Pop Legacy in Post-War Italian Art”, organized by the BFF Banking Group, with the sponsorship of the Embassy.

Since 2016, the year in which the first edition of the event took place, the promotion of the Mediterranean diet, in particular its ingredients and protected denomination products, has been one of the main axes of the event, along with the dissemination of enogastronomic and gastronomic itineraries. with the fight against the so-called Italian sounding – a phenomenon of falsification of Italian cuisine and ingredients. The internationalization of the Italian training offered in the kitchen and hospitality sector has also proven to be a priority.

Masterclass and Michelin-starred dinner

Michelin star chef Paolo Gramaglia, owner of the President restaurant in Pompeii, is the guest of the Italian Embassy in Lisbon to bring to the eighth edition of the Italian Cuisine Week in Portugal an in-depth knowledge of the Italian gastronomic tradition. Students from the Estoril Higher School of Hotel and Tourism (ESHTE) – the institution responsible for training some of the most qualified professionals in the enogastronomic sector at the national level – will have the opportunity to participate in a masterclass scheduled for November 17th. The renowned chef will also be responsible for preparing a gala dinner, exclusively for institutional guests of the Italian Embassy in Lisbon.

Italian Cuisine Week is also held digitally

For those who can only follow the initiative remotely, the Italian Embassy in Lisbon offers a parallel program. As a way of materializing the link between a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable lifestyle, the Portuguese Association of Environmental Education (ASPEA) and the Italian FederBio will join the initiative with the presentation of the webinar “The biological supply chain in the food sector: data, principles and perspectives of a crucial sector for food sustainability”. The session, scheduled for November 16th, will feature the participation of renowned experts in the sector.

To mark Italian Cuisine Week, and take advantage of the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Italian Cuisine Academy, the Embassy will present collectable “original recipes” on its social networks throughout the week, inviting all fans of authentic Italian cuisine to reproduce your favourite dishes at home. The complete program of the Italian Cuisine Week in Portugal is available on the Embassy’s website and social media (@ItalyinPortugal).

List of restaurants | Italian Cuisine Week in the World (updating)

  • La scarpetta – Vila Nova de Cerveira (Rua Queirós Ribeiro, 45)
  • Sergio Crivelli – Matosinhos (Rua de Brito Capelo, 705)
  • Trattoria 179 – Porto (Rua de Rodrigues Sampaio, 179)
  • Gallo Grigio, Pizzeria Napoletana – Vila Nova de Gaia (Avenida da República, 357)
  • Limoncello – Lisbon (Rua do Norte, 61)
  • Capricciosa – Lisbon (Doca de Santo Amaro, Calçada Santo Amaro, Armazém 8)
  • Italy Caffé – Lisbon (Avenida Duque de Ávila, 26B)
  • La Sharada – Lisbon (Rua Jacinta Marto, 10b)
  • Sophia – Natural Italian – Lisbon (Praça Dom Luís I, 34)
  • Il Mercato – Lisbon (Rua Artilharia 1, 51, Bloco B, Loja M)
  • Come Prima – Lisbon (Rua do Olival, 258)
  • Veramente Pizza & Vino – Lisbon (Avenida Dom Carlos I, 144)
  • La Pasta Fresca – Lisbon (Avenida 5 de Outubro, 186)
  • Sprizzami – Caparica/Almada (food truck)

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