My Perfect Day: Massimo Bottura
He has been crowned as the world’s best chef for Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy, and his burgeoning “Food for Soul” project will use leftovers from the Rio Olympics to feed the local homeless.
We used to stay with my mother-in-law on the Upper East Side when we visited New York. When she moved to Colorado I needed another base in the city. The Nomad (above) on Broadway and 28th Street has filled that gap. Breakfast is a luxury I don’t usually allow myself; what makes it so special here is the room, which is warm, with corners for me to hide in. I like to be quiet in the morning. I’m very picky about my coffee – it has to be a double espresso with foamy milk on the side. I always have scrambled eggs, wild Alaskan salmon, a toasted poppy-seed bagel and cream cheese. They order La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera especially for me to read.
What I love most to do in New York is to walk and visit art galleries. Collecting contemporary art is an important part of my life. My wife, Lara Gilmore, got me hooked. It informs all my thinking and cooking and we collect for the restaurant and our home. My favourite art-lunch haunt is the Seagram Building. My ideal lunch with Lara is at the bar, where you can wear sneakers and go incognito. I find myself craving their juicy, crispy bacon and gruyère cheeseburger with a homemade bun and a glass of Bordeaux. I don’t particularly love hamburgers, but I am carried away by the context, the architecture, the nonchalance. I’ve designed an Italian version of a burger with cotechino sausage, Parmigiano Reggiano, salsa verde and balsamic mayo for our informal trattoria Franceschetta 58. It’s an ode to the two places I love most: Modena and New York.
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