Ferrari's restaurant reopens with Massimo Bottura's recipes
Excellent news for food and Ferrari lovers
Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura will revamp the 'Il Cavallino' restaurant in Maranello, where Ferrari founder Enzo used to dine with friends and F1 drivers.
First opened in 1942, Ferrari themselves decided to relaunch the restaurant, which has been closed since 2019, because they're determined to up the ante and offer Ferrari customers and lovers a 360-degree experience with the Prancing Horse.
Bottura, head chef of Osteria Francescana in Modena (voted the 'World's Best Restaurant' in 2016 and 2018) says he wants to bring, "the best of the past into the future, to renew tradition, in a critical way, not in a nostalgic one".
The restaurant was designed by Iranian-French architect India Mahdavi and it is, as you'd expect, adorned with Ferrari memorabilia including F1-themed installations and artwork. There's an entire room dedicated to Enzo Ferrari and there's also a beautiful outdoor patio. The menu is 100% inspired by the very same region that gave birth to Enzo and Ferrari, Emilia-Romagna, with traditional local dishes such as tortellini and Parmigiano Reggiano-based treats.
There's more good news because Bottura wants to make it plain that the restaurant wasn't designed just with wealthy Ferrari owners in mind. Prices will be more affordable than they would normally be for similar haute-cuisine locations, because the Cavallino also plans to welcome food lovers and the 'Tifosi'.
"It's the essence of a restaurant, we have to take care of people, of travellers," Bottura said. "[We have to care of] people who want to spend some time in a restaurant and enjoy".