Various Italian actors, figures from the world of show business, and fashion influencers came together in front of a fairy-tale backdrop at Villa Crespi to enjoy a lively evening with celebrated chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo. As part of the exclusive event, TheLuxer.com launched its Christmas Gift Guide, which is inspired by Italian style and offers a fine selection of limited edition clothing, shoes, accessories and products.
"Merry Christmas, and enjoy some great pasta with pleasure!" This is the Christmas greeting Cannavacciuolo gave to the guests. He not only has two Michelin stars and several awards from the most renowned Italian gastronomy leaders, but he was also featured in the Italian version of “Hell’s Kitchen.” Cannavacciuolo's cuisine is determined by his individual style, combining the flavors of his hometown of Naples with Piedmontese culinary traditions. He is widely regarded for his dry humor, and always jokes that he is not afraid of any challenge. The varied menu represented a successful mix of southern and northern Italian cuisine, starting with the wine selection: a Greco di Tufo in combination with a Nebbiolo wine. The menu opened with a a dish called "Buon Viaggio" ("Good trip"), followed by several courses, which included not only fish and crustaceans, but also carnaroli rice and clams - the symbol of Mediterranean cuisine.
Attendees included Brando Pacitto, Andrea Bosca, Valeria Bilello, Francesco Montanari, Camilla Filippi, musician Saturnino, Andrea Preti, Edoardo Purgatori, journalist Max Sortino from Vogue.it, editor and fashion blogger Tamu McPherson, Fabio Troiano, Angela Curri, judo champion Fabio Basile, Francesco Sarcina and his wife Clizia Incorvaia, Giorgio Marchesi and his companion Simonetta Solder, Federica Fontana, Felice Rusconi, Caterina Guzzanti, gymnast Erika Fasana, Paolo Stella, stylist Eva Geraldine Fontanelli and Martina Pinto.
The Moorish-style of Villa Crespi and the accompanying Relais et Châteaux restaurant, where the guests dined, is known for its picturesque scenery that evokes an atmosphere reminiscent of the fairy tale One Thousand and One Nights. The rooms of the villa, all of which are decorated in an Arabic style, have the names of princesses and deities. The portraits of the personalities that are part of the calendar have all been shot in the Scheherazade Suite, which is considered to be the premier room due to its luxurious design. The space is covered with purple silk, and has large windows that overlook a lake, creating am air of romance.
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