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La Locanda dei Camini
He is called the chef-painter, because he really is an artist and not only in the kitchen. Oronzo Rizzello studied at an art school and wished to be a painter, but life took him on several roads. A trip to Rimini for a seasonal job when he was younger, sealed his fate: he first became assistant chef, then a chef for 20 years, until he opened his restaurant with his wife Arianna and his business partner Giuseppe Erriquez. La Locanda dei Camini is located in Botrugno, a small village about forty kilometers from Lecce in a unique location. In first place, it is a nineteenth century building with many little rooms and chimneys (camini in Italian), hence the name; then a secret garden with an ancient colonnade, where you can dine with good weather. But above all, it looks like an art gallery, with a permanent exhibition of large paintings, expressions of the two passions of the chef: food and art. Everything changes according to the seasons and the artist’s mood: the colors of the walls, the shades of the curtains and the subjects of the paintings, although flowers, vegetables and giant fruits prevail, and also woman faces. Download pdf to read the article.[vc_btn title=”DOWNLOAD PDF” style=”custom” custom_background=”#f38230″ custom_text=”#ffffff” link=”||target:%20_blank|”]