fā xiàn Dalian, discovering sides of Dalian you haven't heard about.
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Today we would like to introduce you to an Italian restaurant we have discovered.
We have interviewed the Italian main chef working there and thanks to his collaboration we will introduce you to it.
Stefano Finardi, 32 years old
“Al Bacio” Italian Restaurant
I come from a big family back in Italy and each of us has a great passion for cooking. Our tradition is to gather every Sunday for a big meal where we cook all together. This love for food is the reason why my older brother opened up a restaurant in Rome. I was only 11 years old when I started helping him and developing my skills. Then, at 18 years old I was hired as a sous chef. The job kept me very busy because the restaurant was always filled with people. Afterwards, in 2010, I came to China to work as the executive chef for banqueting for the Italian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.
One year later, I moved to the USA where I had different kinds of jobs. My life in the US lasted 2 years, because in 2013 I went back to Italy. There, my brother and I became partners and I finally got a position as main chef. That experience was particularly useful because it made me grow professionally. In 2017, some friend of mine who is working in China as a food supplier introduced me to some job opportunities in different Chinese cities. After receiving 8 offers, I decided to take the one in Dalian. I am glad for the choice I made because I really like staying here - the city is clean, beautiful and with great weather.
I am now working as the main chef at “Al Bacio” restaurant in Jiefang Road. Here, we cook traditional and authentic Italian food. I noticed that in China there is a general misconception of pasta being the same as noodles, yet the fact is that the taste is completely different. What I say to the people who work with me is that in order to cook better Italian food, you really need to like and appreciate it. That’s why everybody here is passionate about what they’re doing.
Most of our clients are foreigners who want to enjoy some Italian meal during the week or at weekends. Instead, our Chinese customers prefer coming here for special occasions such as Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Pizza, pasta, and desserts are usually the most ordered dishes but we also offer a selection of fish and meat.
The restaurant is very spacious, it spreads over two floors, it is characterized by fine dining setting and an open-style kitchen with a big carbon oven.
During Fridays and Saturdays we always have bands playing some live music to entertain our guests.
The making of pizza...
Even if the restaurant has been opened for only one year and a half, it has already won 2 awards in 2017. This is mainly because of the great services we offer to our clients and I couldn't be more proud of our success and achievements.
If you're looking for the best Italian food in town, "Al Bacio" is the place to be! Come and you won't be disappointed!
If you have any other recommendation, it will be gladly welcomed.
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