Enrico Crippa, chef of Piazza Duomo in Alba, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world has decided that he will stop serving an a la carte menu when the restaurant reopens after the summer holidays on 22 August.
The Italian chef said in a letter that he wanted to communicate a very important step in his career and also that of the restaurant Piazza Duomo.
“After a long period of reflection and careful considerations, I have decided that the time are ripe to offer three set menus eliminating from 22 August the a la carte menu that has always been available at the restaurant which has three stars and constantly features in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
“This choice comes from a long time observing how clients tastes have shifted over the years. Most of the times, people come to the restaurant to choose a tasting menu that is proposed to them. Only a tiny percentage of clients chose from the a la carte menu,” Enrico said.
“My aim is to maximise my focus on the quality of the produce, on the seasonality of ingredients, the day to day surprises and the incredible variety that our garden provides us with. This is one of the most important changes because the vegetal aspect of my kitchen is today essential and allows for dishes to change slightly on a daily basis. For this reason, I have decided to focus my energies on creating tasting menus.”
There will be three tasting menus in total. One will be Le Langhe Oggi (Langhe Today), La Degustazione (Tasting menu) and Kitchen Carousel with a focus on dishes from the the previous months.
Over the past few years, Enrico Crippa has built a reputation as a humble chef who has grown from strength to strength and who stands at the highest echelons of Italian gastronomy.
His garden is the source of his inspiration serving elements that have become the main focus of his cuisine. The chef visits the garden every morning to pick what he needs for that day.
His signature dish, a salad with herbs from the garden has grown to over 100 herbs.