I can’t say too much about this project yet. But I can say this. In 2023 I will open not one, not two but three restaurants in the former US Embassy in Oslo, a landmark building right next to the Royal Castle designed by Eero Saarinen. The ambitious project is a collaboration with Fredensborg Hospitality. And at the core of our hospitality is an ambitious wine program with a very interesting and extensive wine cellar. https://starwinelist.com/wine-story/norwegian-somm-francesco-marzola-gets-new-top-wine-job-in-oslo There will be different ways to approach the cellar, from our brasserie, the wine bar and the rooftop restaurant. I am very excited – and nervous.
In 2021 Salome got a sister! Simpler, more informal and with a heart from Sicily, but no less ambitious. Spaghetteria is my second Italian restaurant together with Dag Tjersland, and in collaboration with the Blandini family from Mocica in Sicily. Katya is the chef, Marika is the younger sister and Maitre’d, and mother Natalina works whenever she wants, making lolli and other hand made pasta. All the pasta is made in house using organic flour, and the dishes include Sicilian specialties along with some other Italian pasta classics, like ragù Bolognese, Carbonara and spaghetti with polpette. https://www.spaghetteria.org/
Salome is my first Italian restaurant, situated in Oslo’s culture and finance district, right next to Deichman Public Library, MUNCH and Oslo Opera House. The restaurant is a collaboration with my old friend and colleague Dag Tjersland and chef Nelson Fernandes. We serve typical Venetian food, most notably a wide selection of cicchetti, carpaccio and seafood – along with classic pastas and modern pizzas. The restaurant opened in August 2020 during a short break in the corona pandemic lockdowns, and even though we have had to close and reopen several times – hardly ideal – we have managed to gain a wide following of clients. https://www.restaurantsalome.com/
“Andreas Viestad has written a fascinating, thought-provoking and funny book about the importance of food in history.” – Alice Waters “As enchanting as it is fascinating: Andreas Viestad has a calm gift for evocative scene-setting, story-telling and, crucially, for making and exploring connections that brings everything, illuminatingly to life.” – Nigella Lawson Incredibly happy that my labor of love A Dinner in Rome will now be published in English, by non-less than Reaktion Books! http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/display.asp?ISB=9781789146745 A few words on the book: «There is more history in a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum or in any other historical building», writes Andreas Viestad in Dinner in Rome. While enjoying a typical Roman meal in a classic restaurant Viestad takes us on a culinary journey, dish by dish, through world history and the history of The Eternal City. This is a book about how a small village in an unlikely place became the center of the greatest empire the world has seen. About the role wheat and salt played in that transformation, how the taste of …
Geitmyra Culinary Center for Children is a place where kids can learn about food that is good for them.
Munchies met up with Magnus Nilsson and me after a Modernist cuisine dinner in Seattle to talk about meat thats too perfect, Scandinavian traditions and Magnus Nilssons face on tortilla.
Fire! It is our ever-lasting love affair. At Etxebarri it is more than that. If cooking can be an art then what the former electrician Victor Arguinzoniz does with local oak, plus top ingredients must be.
I have never understood why some many cookbooks are so bloody boring. John Poister’s book is not, so I forgive that it is not terribly useful unless I want to get drunk or set thing on fire. Read my top ten cookbook recommendations at 1000 Cookbooks.
“Finally! We have been without ants for a week now,” Alex Atala says as I arrive with a fresh shipment of saúva ants from São Gabriel da Cachoeira, located in the upper part of the Amazon Basin near the border of Venezuela and Columbia. “It was our worst week ever,” adds his assistant, Andrea Campos.
I met up with Tom Downey from Food & Wine Magazine to talk about the restaurant scene in Oslo.