Monday, August 5, 2013

A really good bowl of pasta, after reading about the Venice Biennale in the FT Weekend

This morning, I woke up with a great hankering for a truly delicious bowl of pasta. Or even two bowls of pasta, perhaps.

The culprit was last weekend's issue of the FT Weekend, which featured an interesting interview with the British artist Jeremy Deller, in Venice, just before the opening of the Venice Biennale.

Deller is one of the key artists being featured, and the anchor artist for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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The interview is featured in Lunch with the FT.

This is one of the sections of FT Weekend that I really like. No matter who writes it, or who is interviewed, I've enjoyed every single interview -- even of people I am not remotely interested in.


Anyway, the interview with Deller was conducted over lunch in a restaurant near the Venice Biennale called the Trattoria Corte Sconta, where everyone who was anyone in the art world was having lunch.

On the day of the interview, the restaurant was full of artists, art critics and art gallery owners -- all in Venice early, either to set up or to get a preview of (and the bragging rights for) the Venice Biennale.

This time, the conversation didn't interest me much, as the very experimental art Deller does -- which some people describe as "social surrealism" -- is not something that moves me. But the description of the restaurant and the food they ate kept me glued enough to read until the end of the article.

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And when I finished reading Lunch with FT, I was positively hungry and thinking about where to have really great Italian food for lunch the following day.

This was last night, and obviously the feelings for a pasta have not waned, as I woke up thinking about where I should go today for really good Italian.


I also suddenly felt like going to Italy again, as I haven't been in a while.

Perhaps I'll drop by Milan in September or go to Venice for a few days.

The restaurant that was written about in Lunch with FT reminded me so much of a very nice canal-side restaurant in Venice that we'd found on a whim and a lark, years ago, after visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

Reading Lunch with FT made me feel like visiting that restaurant again.

But for now, a good lunch will just have to do. Fortunately, I'm in a city where good Italian food is so easy to find. Sometimes it's even better than being in Italy itself.

And over lunch, we'll probably be discussing some interesting new developments in Tokyo, including how the Aman Resorts is reportedly opening a modern hotel of its own in Tokyo, right in the old Nihombashi district.


Also, my favorite Michelin three-star Tokyo restaurant L'Osier is re-opening, but sadly not under the helm of my friend Bruno Menard. Instead, a talented young chef from Pierre Gagnaire in Tokyo, which is located at the ANA Hotel, is taking over.

Coincidentally, I met this young chef on my last trip to Tokyo, as I'd had a meal then at Pierre Gagnaire. The meal, by the way, was very impressive, and the young chef had trained for years under Pierre himself.

Stay tuned to more on my pasta lunch in an upcoming entry on my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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