Aurelio Barattini a Tuscan Cook (Part II of Tuscan Food & Table cloth)

Aurelio is the fourth generation in a family of restaurant owners and cooks. He grew up just above the family restaurant, smelling the aromas coming out of the kitchen, where Aurelio's grandmother Ida was always busy preparing.

Although Aurelio continued studying and frequented the arts school in Florence; the Cappiello, he couldn't stay away from Nonna Ida's kitchen.

When Aurelio finished his studies he got a big offer from a company in Milan, Satchi and Satch,  he stopped for a second and thought…"I can’t break this tradition, I can’t stop this magic dream called 'Antica Locanda di Sesto' " and this is when he began to work there full time – that's when it became his kitchen.

Aurelio what is your secret behind your genuine cooking and are you sharing your experience also outside of italy ?

I was very lucky to have a grandmother like Ida but I was also very lucky that my other grandma came from Modena, in Emilia Romagna. She taught me the secrets of fresh home made pasta, so together with my grandma Ida she closed the circle.. Tuscany-Emilia-creativity-tradition and passion!

In 2003 I began traveling with my cities tourism board, organising gala dinners and spreading the word on what traditional tuscan cuisine is all about, I then write about these experiences on my blog ( The food I cook is all about freshness, (nothing frozen, canned or comes in boxes) and I only cook whatever is in season, I actually use my dad’s olive oil and wine in my restaurant. We believe in this!

Photo: Carolina via Pinterest

This is the Tuscan cook that will share a very yummie recipe in my next post in wich I will be writing about table linen & how to set a nice & easy table for your family and Friends.... so stay tuned !

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