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Marianna Vitale

Marianna Vitale

Marianna takes classical, well-known dishes and plays around with quantities, presentation and adds her own little tweaks which lend, in her own words, a ‘strong, feminine touch’. She loves using forgotten or rarely-used ingredients like offal and her only rule in the kitchen is that any ingredients can be combined, but no single one is more important than the others. Her creative, original flair has resulted in dishes such as Seafood soup with vegetables and fruit, Linguine with squid offal and Irpino veal tartare with figs and hazelnuts, while her recipe for Impetata – a mix of mussels, pepper and lemon in a cream sauce – was voted the Best Italian Dish of 2015.

As well as keeping Ristorante SUD a success, it’s incredibly important for Marianna to get people more interested in Italy’s varied cuisine. ‘Everyone thinks Italian food is all about pizza and pasta,’ she says, ‘but people must visit Italy to try the other authentic dishes and go to the places locals eat.’ She believes the country’s food scene is evolving, too, and hopes she can play her part in it. ‘I think the future of Italian cuisine lies in looking to the past and going back to tradition. It’s important to bring back old, forgotten recipes containing ingredients which are no longer used.’