VENCO: Antonia Klugmann, one of the most influential Italian chefs with a restaurant in the countryside in Vencò, on the border between Italy and Slovenia has created ‘Antonia a casa’ or Antonia at home, a new venture offering food delivered to customers in the different provinces of the region.
Over the past few weeks, she became of the chefs of ‘high-end’ restaurants that launched a takeaway food offering as a way to continue to work and provide customers with the possibility to eat her food away from the restaurant.
While this might be easy in cities, this is not necessarily the case for L’Argine a Vencò which is really a ‘destination’ restaurant with rooms where to stay after dinner.
The Italian chef is offering ‘Antonia a Casa’ to customers in the provinces of Udine, Gorizia, Trieste and parts of Collio.
The dishes that she is preparing are from the region. This also gives her the possibility to study her territory and its cuisine in what is known as ‘mittel Europa’ as well as her memories of dishes from the region’s past.
Each week, she also prepares two iconic dishes from the restaurant which she no longer served at the restaurant. Regular customers used to ask her for these dishes, such as the risotto with butter and sage, and they can now have these dishes delivered at home.
Prices for the dishes are also completely different from what you would expect from the restaurant and the Italian chef is also working on providing video tutorials to customers who can finish off her dishes at home.
Except for the pasta which needs to be cooked and finished off by the clients, all other dishes are ready cooked but she gives instructions of how to finish the dishes at home.
The restaurant also offers a number of wine bottles at a slightly marked-up price. The reason, Antonia says, is for customers to enjoy a complete dinner without having to go out.
Among the dishes this week are salad from L’Argine’s garden, white asparagus, a bean and lentil soup with pesto from garden herbs, gnoccheti of red turnips with a wild boar sauce, the rice dish with butter and sage.
Read our in-depth interview with Antonia Klugmann here.