The Giro for collaborative menus has come to a successful end. The last event of 2019 was presented at Pienza with Girogustando, the exhibition that brings Italy’s chefs together, completing its 18th year. Rounding off this edition was the involvement of the restaurant Dal Falco and Konnubio from Arenzano (Genoa), which featured as a special guest. This was gratifying assignment for the Ligurian chef Stefano Durante, whose native territory – like others, in and outside of Italy – is being strongly tested by adverse climatic conditions.
A line-up worthy of big finale, then, at the end of a year (the eighteenth for collaborative menus) that has seen some 27 events take place between spring and autumn in the provinces of Arezzo, Grosseto and Siena. This was the first time that the gastronomic twinning format, which was thought up by the Confesercenti, extended over the whole of southern Tuscany with its modus operandi of intertwining cultures and skills, aiming at a type of growth in the sector that will benefit Tuscany’s territorial identity. And the spirit of collaboration between territories was not only apparent in the dishes: among the event partners, in the three headlining provinces, there were wine consortia and various bodies for the promotion and protection of local produce and the agroalimentary riches of Tuscany. It marks another step forward for the application of the “Vetrina Toscana” model, the joint project of the Tuscany Council and Chamber of Commerce which has for some time promoted the region’s enogastronomic industry and its attendant activities.