Georgian-Italian couple introducing Georgian cuisine to Milan
10 March, 2017
Georgian-Italian couple introducing Georgian cuisine to Milan
Once you have a chance to travel to Milan, Italy, don’t forget to check out a cute Italian restaurant with Georgian twist run by Georgian Chef Lali Tedeeva and her Italian husband Mario Bellotti, who is a Sommelier and Maitre d'hotel .The couple, who are equally passionate about cooking and wine, serve fresh and delicious food, from unique Italian stuffed zucchini flowers to Georgian eggplant rolls with walnut filling (Nigvziani badrijani) paired with incredible Georgian wine. The couple of Chef and Sommelier shared the story of their love as well as their mutual passion to Georgian and Italian cuisines with Georgian Journal:

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Preparation for Georgian evening

-PanVinOlio is a small restaurant in Milan, near a huge complex of office building (Via Legnone , Corner Via Giuseppe Cesare Abba, 7, 20158 Milan, Italy). Our restaurant was awarded as one of the best polifunctional store in 2016 and as a small boutique store in 2017. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. , but if 10 or more people like to have a dinner in PanVinOlio we also host private parties. At the venue we also have a bakery, and food as well as a Bio store; we also have a wine store and all the good stuff from all around Italy. Every month we organize an evening dinner with different topics. This Saturday we celebrate our 3rd Birthday with all the wonderful dishes prepared by Lali.
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I was born in Milan and worked in the USA for 16 years for very important and beautiful restaurants in Los Angeles and Providence (Rhode Island). I have also worked in Milan for a couple of famous geotv.gerestaurants as a sommelier and restaurant manager and received an award for perfectly pairing wine with food. My wife was born in Tbilisi and moved to Italy 10 years ago.She learned to cook Italian dishes in Naples, and then moved to Milan where we met in 2011. In September 2013 we married and in 2014 we started working together in PanVinOlio, where bread, wine and olive oil is to Italian people a complete meal. I saw in Lali a huge passion for cooking and I was pushing until we opened our own place. We serve Italian food, low fat, low salt and we are also recognized as the Healthy Food Restaurant. Sometimes we
organize Georgian dinners as well and pair famous Georgian dishes Nigvziani Badrijani (eggplant stuffed with walnut paste), Pkhali (beetroot salad), Ghomi (Georgian cornmeal similar to polenta), Kharcho (meat stew in walnut sauce), Khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) and Pelamushi (grape pudding) together with Georgian wine produced by Nina Ananiashvili. We have a few Georgian customers, a student, a doctor and a Baritone Opera singer who graduated at La Scala in Milan. All Georgian people I have ever met, became my friends.

-Do you find any similarities between Georgia and Itlay? What can you tell about Georgian cuisine?

-This August we are planning to travel to Georgia for a vacation. We would like to visit some friends in Tbilisi and travel throughout the small cities of Georgia as well. I would love to visit some vinery and spend some time in the field. I have found many similarities between Georgia and Italy, the mountains for instance; when I visited Ossetia few times, it reminded me about our Alps! As for Georgian cuisine, of course I love Acharuli (bread boat with cheese), Kinkhali (meat dumplins), Khachapuri (cheese beard), Mtsvadi (Georgian barbeque), Jonjoli (pickled sprouts), Lavash (Georgian bread baked in clay owen) and of course Pelamushi (grape pudding). All these dishes were discovery for me when my wife Lali cooked them for me for the first time at home and then in the restaurant for the Georgian dinner. I am also a wine lover and expert, so I appreciate Georgian wines such as Kisi, Khikwi, Saperavi... Ice wine and Chacha (Georgian grappa). I love Georgian history and culture so much that I even translated a brochure about the history of Georgian wine, how to make wines and all the details. Working together is hard but we love each other. We also have a wine shop where we sell wine and we also hand out brochures to our customers to introduce the history of Georgian wine to them and to give an insight into the country’s winemaking tradition.

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Ghomi and Kharcho

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