STEFANO CIOTTI, chef
If you should describe yourself briefly, how would you introduce yourself?
I was born in Rimini, in 1973 and at the age of 14 I began to have a dream: to become a chef and open my restaurant. When I was 18 years old I had already worked with the best cooks of Emilia-Romagna and the passion for cooking became bigger and bigger day by day. The experience done at Don Alfonso was crucial to me. At the time it was a three stars Michelin restaurant. There I worked with great passion and I understood what it meant to treat row materials with respect: fish, meat, vegetables, cheese that come from farms run by professionals and have to be used carefully without radical changes to their characteristics. In 2005 I worked for Carducci 76 in Cattolica and in 2009 I was awarded the prize “Best up-and-coming chef” in the North of Italy. Then I received the first Michelin star and I was invited to hold a speech at the congress of Identità Golose (Gourmand identities).
Tell us what it means to you to be a scrambler rider.
It means freedom, freedom and again freedom to follow your aspirations, to live your passions and to reach the goals you set yourself. In July 2005 I was able to open my land of joy: My restaurant in Pesaro called NOSTRANO (that means home-grown) as me because I belong to this land between Marche and Romagna. The food, but also the way of thinking and the life style, are home-grown. Tables, chairs, lamps and other things were made by small local craftsmen, no item produced industrially.
Which are your favourite routes when you ride your motorbike?
I have moved to Pesaro recently. If you know Pesaro, you know that there is a route that you cannot miss as local motorcyclist: The Panoramica (scenic route), also called la Pano. It seems that a guy called Valentino Rossi, that is from Tavullia, near to Pesaro, loved to train here and this can be useful to understand the worth of this route. On this route from Pesaro to Gabicce Mare, passing through the cliff San Bartolo, and you can see wonderful villages like Fiorenzuola di Focara and Casteldimezzo. Turns through forests, Spanish brooms and vineyards always seeing the sea. Notice that San Bartolo is the first high up above the sea that you can see on the Adriatic coast coming down from the North. It's difficult to imagine that there you can find a similar route near Pesaro, that is marvelous at sunset.
Taste of Joy: Where are street foods (restaurant, booths, pubs, holiday farms) that you have to know?
LeBon, ViaTrieste, a Pesaro.
Bourmet, Baia Flaminia, a Pesaro.
Il Furgoncino, a food truck that you can find between Pesaro and the Cliff San Bartolo.