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Davide Oldani Interview:
“Affordability and Accessibility is our Future"
The Love Italian Life Awards Profile
Name: Davide Oldani
Place of birth: Milano, Italy
Born: 1st October 1967
Michelin stars: one
Chef Davide Oldani opened his restaurant D’O in 2003, in his hometown of Cornaredo, near Milan and received a Michelin star only one year later. The motto of his restaurant is that “Even before customers leave the restaurant, they should have the desire to come back”.
Davide was voted The Best Male Italian Chef in Europe 2019 – 2020 at The Love Italian Life Awards.
Davide is the creator of ‘Cucina POP’ which centres around high quality and accessibility. His POP concept has even crossed international boundaries and was chosen as a case study by Harvard Business School.
Other famous accolades include Davide being awarded the Ambrogino d’Oro by the City of Milan and as Ambassador for Expo 2015. D’O uniquely proves that a Michelin starred restaurant can still create an innovative cuisine for guests to enjoy at competitive prices.
In his dishes, Davide enjoys breathing new life into Italian classics, while going back to basics with fresh, exceptionally light aromatic cuisine which is always focused on true seasonal produce.
Here is the exclusive interview between Davide Oldani and The Love Italian Life Awards:
The Love Italian Life Awards:What is the concept of your restaurant D’O??
Davide Oldani:The concept is ‘Cucina POP’ which means pop cuisine and is all about a mutual shared respect for the ingredients, season, staff, suppliers and of course the clients that share the D’O experience.
The Love Italian Life Awards: How would you describe your philosophy to Italian food?
Davide Oldani: The philosophy of my Italian food is based on the seasonality of great products. It involves the important element of lightness where the “less is more” taste is evident due to a balance of delicate cooking using less fat and instead a greater flavour from herbs and spices. My cuisine is a representation of traditional food which is characterized by the present and future. Importantly we keep faith with the best Italian products while always protecting them at the same time.
“We need to be ourselves and continue following the path that we have outlined over the past couple of years which is to make food more and more affordable and accessible to everybody.”
The Love Italian Life Awards:What is the inspiration behind your dishes?
Davide Oldani:My inspiration is taken from whatever nature offers i.e. the season with its timely products. I then focus on the “balance of contrasts” where I consider the one thing that all humanity has which is the PALATE, where once received from the warm and cold, soft and crunchy, acidity as well as sweet and savoury…all of which obtains HARMONY.
The Love Italian Life Awards:What is your earliest memory of cooking in Italy and what did you make?
Davide Oldani: It has to be gnocchi made by my mother, which I later reinvented by changing the cooking method where instead of boiling the gnocchi, I roasted them in a pan with a veil of extra virgin olive oil.
The Love Italian Life Awards:Which Italian dish is your favourite and why?
Davide Oldani:At present it is spaghetti with cheese, pepper, horseradish and lemon peel. The method of course is using foil which is my modern way of cooking this dish while still revisiting the 80s where foil was used to cook meats, fish and vegetables.
“My cuisine is a representation of traditional food which is characterised by the present and future.”
The Love Italian Life Awards: For most of your life you have always cooked for other people, but can you tell our community what the real Davide Oldani loves to eat??
Davide Oldani:Due to being so passionate about my job I try to taste everything I possibly can, if I had to be honest though – I am very passionate about ice cream, precisely stracciatella ice cream.
The Love Italian Life Awards: For anyone who hasn’t eaten in D’O before, how would you sum up the dining experience?
Davide Oldani:I would have to say it consists of balancing personal experience, friendliness and ethics because from the food to the service, right down to the overall hospitality – it is a true honest reflection of myself and everyone who works there.
The Love Italian Life Awards: After the pandemic is over, what is the vision and future of D’O?
Davide Oldani: The only thing I am sure of is that we need to be ourselves and to continue following the path that we have outlined over the past couple of years which is to make food more and more affordable and accessible to everybody.