Slow Fish Guide: Dinner Dates

Unforgettable dinners, featuring renowned chefs from around the world: the Dinner Dates are among the most classic and popular of all the activities at Slow Food events. This year in Genoa, visitors can choose between “top” or “pop” dinners at Il Marin and the Ancioa bistro, Eataly.

This year’s team is full of sea experts, ready to take you on a voyage across the seven seas.


Pino Cuttaia. Photo:

May 8

Pino Cuttaia, holder of two Michelin stars for La Madia in Licata, Sicily, will be anchoring at the Porto Antico for the Slow Fish preview, bringing his ambition of “rendering perfection invisible.” His dishes reflect the flavors of home, the poetry of lost tastes and the emotion of memory. He defines his cooking by talking about a cuisine of synthesis, “the final product of beautiful arts that start in the kitchen garden.” Among his most typical dishes is the “quadro di alici,” in which fillets of anchovy compose a visually stunning composition with squid ink, bottarga mayonnaise and seawater.

The sea is my garden: Pino Cuttaia’s philosophy and project

Karla Enciso, Photo:

May 9

The chef of Pascucci al Porticciolo in Fiumicino outside Rome, has held a Michelin star since 2012. Gianfranco Pascucci’s cooking is in constant evolution, though always rooted by well-defined cornerstones. Only the freshest wild fish comes through his kitchen, and a diverse range of species are used, including less-prized fish such as those in the “minestra di pesciacci” soup. The focus is always on the ingredients, underpinned by great technical skill and an ability to inspire emotions, as exemplified by one of the restaurant’s most famous dishes, red prawns cooked on salt and burnt herbs.

Come and taste Gianfranco Pascucci’s Seafood. Read an interview with the chef.

May 10

A four-handed effort from two members of the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance: Karla Enciso from Mexico brings us the flavors of the Maya kitchen, while from Ecuador Daniel Maldonado offers a taste of his country’s rich biodiversity in a duet dinner which promises an unforgettable experience.

Immerse yourself in Latin American Latitudes, and read an interview with Karla.

Moreno Cedroni at a previous edition of Slow Fish. Photo: Mimesilab

May 11

Marco Visciola, head chef at Il Marin—Eataly, calls in reinforcements for a collaborative dinner cooked together with some of the most renowned chefs in Liguria and Piedmont: Ivano Ricchebono, Christian and Manuel Costardi and Francesco Oberto.

Join us on The Salt Road.

May 12

The time traveler Moreno Cedroni lays anchor at Genoa. “Thirty-five years ago, two journeys began. The first finished at the Cape of Good Hope, where the Indian and South Atlantic oceans meet, combining and yet somehow remaining distinct from one another. The second journey continues to this day, after 35 years—it’s Madonnina del Pescatore. When I remember that first voyage, I realize how impressed I was by those masses of water, which filled me with the desire to replicate something similar in my cooking, a meeting, and fusion of two equally powerful forces: creativity and tradition.”

Moreno Cedroni, a journey through time


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