Antonio Zaccardo who has been working closely with Italian star chef Enrico Crippa for the past 12 years at one of the world’s best restaurants Piazza Duomo announced yesterday that he would be heading to Puglia to the region where his wife was born.
He will be joining chef Maria Cicorella at Pasha di Conversano, a Michelin star restaurant in Puglia.
“It is time for me to change even if it is with sadness that I leave Piazza Duomo, Enrico, the territory and a family that I have loved (the Ceretto who are owners of the restaurant,” he said in a note published on Piazza Duomo’s Facebook page.
Zaccardo was Enrico’s right hand man and has worked closely with him for 12 years. “I joined him when I was 28 years. Carlo Cracco, who I had worked with for a few years, had told me about Enrico and his restaurant as the natural place for me to grow and gain experience.”
“During the past years in Alba, we have created many dishes and I have been able to learn so much by being in contact with a chef like Enrico,” he said.
“But at the age of 40, I had to ask myself many questions on my growth and it was time for me to move on,” he said.
“I have chosen Puglia because it is a region that is close to my heart (after my region Abruzzo) given that my wife Angelica comes from there. Thanks to her, I have been able to discover many ingredients, their qualities and also the incredible variety that exists. From May, I will be joining the Magista family in their restaurant,” Antonio said.
“From this long experience at Piazzo Duomo I take away many great memories and I want to thank Enrico for the incredible opportunity he has given me to work close to him and for helping me grow, improve technically and also unleashing my creativity. I am also indebted to the Cerreto family who created Piazzo Duomo and have enabled it to grow to what it is today,” he said.