Antonino Cannavacciuolo, who has 2 Michelin stars to his name, is not only proud of his country but also his birthplace. He, like many chefs, has decided to open a restaurant in the place where he grew up. There weren’t many toys around in Ticciano, the borough of Vico Equense when Antonino was growing up, so he played with food instead! He would always help his grandmother in the kitchen, preparing beans and peas for dinner, and he can still remember waking up to the enticing smell of pasta sauce every Sunday. His father worked in a professional kitchen and, when Antonino was seven, he was taken along to see what it was like. The brigade of busy chefs and smoky surroundings looked like a theatre to his young eyes, and he instantly fell in love.
When he was a little older, Antonino studied at the local catering school where his father was also a teacher. He left school at seventeen and travelled all over Naples for work, gaining experience at Vesuvio and San Vincenzo in Sorrento by cooking the traditional food of the region. In 1995, he moved to Illhaeusern in France to work at the famed three-Michelin-starred restaurant Auberge de l’Ill with the legendary Paul Haeberlin. It was here that he really learnt what it took to be a world-class chef.
After another placement at the Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri, Antonino decided to work over the summer at a hotel restaurant across the other side of the country in Piedmont. It was here that he met his wife-to-be, Cinzia, whose family owned the hotel. He decided to stay, and in 1998, they opened Villa Crespi in a building that was a historical villa on the shores of Lake Orta. In 2003, it was awarded its first Michelin star. The second came in 2006, along with countless other awards.
Since 2003, he has opened 3 other resorts; Laqua by the Lake, Laqua by the Sea and Laqua Countryside.
Laqua Countryside is located in his hometown of Ticciano and boasts world-class Italian cuisine, created with products from its orchard and vegetable plot, in the heart of the Sorrento Coast. This was Antonino’s dream and it is something which his father, Andrea, always wanted to achieve; a top-class restaurant in Ticciano. It is scheduled to open in Summer 2021.
Just 10 minutes’ walk from the Laqua Countryside, you will find Villa Celentano (approx. 600 metres away). So, while staying at Villa Celentano, take a stroll to the famous chef’s newly refurbished property to enjoy a first-class, Italian meal in the heart of the Sorrento Coast.
There are also other properties near Laqua Countryside which we recommend and which you may wish to consider for your stay:
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