MASSIMO MANTARRO

Modesty, kindness and passion are the most characterising traits of Massimo Mantarro, deus ex
machina at hotel San Domenico in Taormina and two-starred chef in the annexed
restaurant Principe Cerami.
A narrator and master of the new Sicilian cuisine, with his talent he gives harmony to his dishes
and to the privileged guests who can taste them.
Sicilian, born in Caltabiano, Catania, in 1971, he completed catering school in Giarre. His most
significant experiences in his training as chef include Etoile in Venice and École Lenôtre in Paris. He
then works at hotel Villa S. Andrea in Taormina, and later goes north, to restaurant Del Cambio in
Torino, and to Don Alfonso in Campania. He finally returns to Sicily, at Mulinazzo in Palermo and
at Duomo in Ragusa Ibla. He thus acquires a rich gastronomic culture which he interprets with
impeccable mastery in a personal cuisine where simplicity, territory, tradition and elegance are his
engine resulting in preparations set in real edible paintings.
There are few chefs as humble and rich in spirit as him. The sea close to the earth and the echoes f
the active volcano appears in his dishes like sublime good forces.
A creative and elegant artisan, he’s a refined interpreter of the surrounding territory, letting
autochthonous raw materials speak, respecting their seasonality. Innovating in tradition is
his leitmotiv: he’s a well-deserved member of the new Sicilian cuisine, filled with history, culture,
taste and beauty.
The recipe that best represents him? Risotto al calamaro, we’d say: very fine cubes of calamari,
creamed as with risotto, with a sauce of basil and squid ink, covered with a silver leaf. 
Haute cuisine synthesis.

Chef's Program

Tuesday, 20th November
07:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Armani Restaurant - Burj Khalifa - Lobby Level, Armani Hotel - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai

Opening gala dinner “10 years – 10 Michelin starred chefs”

Wednesday, 21st November
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Five Hotel the Palm Jumeirah No 1 Palm Jumeirah - Dubai

Gelato Dubai, the Coolest Night of the Year

Friday, 23rd November
12:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Bice - Hilton Hotel JBR The Walk Jumeirah Beach - Dubai - Emirati Arabi Uniti

Italian Taste of Dubai Festival

Wednesday, 21st November
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Quattro Passi - No 1 Palm Jumeirah - Dubai

THE SUMMIT IN THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI - QUATTRO PASSI

Thursday, 22nd November
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Quattro Passi - No 1 Palm Jumeirah - Dubai

THE SUMMIT IN THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI - QUATTRO PASSI

Friday, 23rd November
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Quattro Passi - No 1 Palm Jumeirah - Dubai

THE SUMMIT IN THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI - QUATTRO PASSI

Saturday, 24th November
07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Quattro Passi - No 1 Palm Jumeirah - Dubai

THE SUMMIT IN THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI - QUATTRO PASSI