Ask the Chef

Italyanets
Giovanni Susini of Italy is head chef at Italyanets.

Best dish
"Tagliolini with ragout of quail with morels, foie gras and black truffle."?

Most popular dish
"Lasagnetta with lamb and artichoke ragout."

Favorite dish
"Scorfano all'Isolana [island-style scorpion fish]."

Favorite (other) restaurant in Moscow
"Vinoteca Dissident."

Favorite restaurant worldwide
"Cipriani Venezia."

Strangest dish you have ever tried
"Sea cucumber with molluscs under sweet and sour sauce in a sea urchin's shell."

Is your cuisine authentic or adapted
"I have to be careful -- something has to be removed from the original recipe, and something has to be added. Italian cuisine sometimes requires a little adaptation for Russian gourmets. It can be explained by the local climate, Russian mentality and the history of Russian-Italian relations."

Comment on the Moscow restaurant business
"It is well organized and developing excellently."

What is the most important or surprising thing you have learned in your profession?
"When I was still studying, I thought I would have to work a lot, about 10 hours a day. And when I became a professional, I realized that I needed to work 25 hours a day."

Contacts

Cipriani Venezia, Isola della Giudecca, Venice, Italy (+39 041) 240-8507.
Italyanets, 13 Samotyochnaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 688-5651, M. Tsvetnoi Bulvar.
Vinoteca Dissident, 1Lubyanskaya Ploshchad, Nautilus level 5, 230-5848, M. Lubyanka.