DE GUSTIBUS NON DISPUTANDUM EST
"There is no disputing good taste."
A Philosophy of Taste
While growing up just after World War II in Livorno, Italy, we had few luxuries. Though our town had been destroyed, we were determined to laugh, love and live well with what little we had. I learned to take pleasure in the sensation of being alive, and my appreciation for taste rose above all else.
Food is more than just fuel that feeds our bodies – it is the universal and indispensible means of conveying our traditions and shared community. Food with tradition and with “soul” is the central expression of special occasions in cultures around the world.
The culinary arts celebrate our sense of taste, creating the meals that not only nourish our bodies, but also create experiences that become a true part of us by remaining in our memories.
Taste, in this sense, is a reflection of our culture, our society, our humanity. Taste is what anchors us to the traditions of our past, and becomes the path to preserving our future culture.
In my philosophy, food maintains our bodies – taste sustains life.
I dedicate my work to my mamma, Floriana, whom I appreciate for teaching me simplicity. Dedication is also due to Luciano Grapsa and Renato Porciatti who gave me lessons in life and passion for the culinary arts.
Chef Rutilio “Rudy” Fanetti-Durán