The vision behind this project encompasses not only gastronomy as an art form, but a network of multisensory suggestions generated by the connections between landscape, architecture, art and enogastronomy. The entire experience offered by La Sbornia a Verduno is an immersion in a journey through different rooms, scents, heights, panoramas and geometries.
The restaurant’s name takes the title by an artwork created in 1960 by the well-known Alba artist Pinot Gallizio who, with his ‘industrial painting’, marked the history of contemporary Italian art.
The architecture of the restaurant was conceived with primary attention to the integration of the structure into the surrounding landscape. Its geometry is perfectly balanced with the horizon line drawn all around by the peaks of the Alps. The extensive use of glass walls allows the space to create a harmonious connection between interior and exterior, enabling light to enter at every hour of the day in a different and performative manner. Two other fundamental elements are ‘the large supporting bottle’, which develops over two floors, becoming a tree rising from the ground and branching out towards the sky, and the ‘central staircase’ which, recalling the shape of DNA, connects the entire structure of the restaurant, leading visitors into the heart of the rooms. All these elements, therefore, create meanings and express concepts through a form, a space.
The cuisine is crafted by Carmela Straniero: each dish reflects her sensitivity and refinement. Inspired by her mother in the kitchen during her youth in Trani, Carmela learned as a child that cooking is a form of love. On the strength of this belief, she embarked on her culinary journey that led her to cultivate her passion, initially in the restaurants of her homeland, then moving to London, where she worked for Chef Massimiliano Blasone and later with Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Returning to Italy, she gained experience at Antica Corona Reale in Cervere, at Arnolfo in Colle Val D’Elsa in Tuscany and at Vescovado in Noli, Liguria. She returned to Piedmont, where she collaborated with chef Alessandro Boglione, only to decide after a few years to stay permanently in Langhe.all GARTOUR exhibition