July 07 2011
Campania in Italy is neither short of fabulous restaurants nor, it seems, of big-hearted chefs. Eight of the latter, all from Michelin-starred eateries in the region, are taking it in turns to create a series of dinners at the fabled Carlino beach restaurant at the equally renowned Il San Pietro di Positano Hotel on the Amalfi Coast – and all proceeds go towards the purchase of two incubators for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Santobono Hospital in Naples.
The Carlino is usually only open to the privileged guests of the San Pietro di Positano itself, but anyone can reserve a table for these particular gourmet meals. So you’d better hurry if you want to book for July 10, when it’s the turn of Tonino Mellino, chef at the Quattropassi restaurant in the fishing village of Nerano (Naples), or July 24, when Gennaro Esposito of Torre del Saracino in Vico Equense will present cuisine “redolent of the history and traditions of the land it is set in”.
August sees three dinners with, at the helm, rising star Agostino Iacobucci of La Cantinella, Alfonso Iaccarino of Don Alfonso 1890, and Renato Martino of Vairo del Volturno in Vairano Patenora. The last chef to cook for the fundraiser, on September 14, will be Giuseppe Guida from the Antica Osteria Nonna Rosa in Vico Equense, a champion of local produce and – like all those involved in this philanthropic venture – of this worthwhile local cause. Buon appetito!