Exceptional Gourmet Experiences
THE VIEW Fine Dining, with the panoramic terrace overlooking Lake Lugano, opened from April until September, is the renouned Restaurant of the boutique hotel THE VIEW Lugano.
Head of the team is Executive Chef Mauro Grandi that with his Sous Chef Diego Della Schiava and the Maitre and Sommelier Mario Miranda, will make you enjoy high class gourmet dishes, surrounded by design and nature.
Resolute, stubborn, instinctive. Chef Mauro Grandi creates his seasonal menus, taking inspiration from a classical education and evolving them towards new choices and combinations. Mediterranean influences interact with oriental inspirations and innovative techniques coexist with the most traditional. Great attention is paid to sourcing seasonal and local Ticino products, with respect to the environment and to quality.
Mauro began his career at the Grand Hotel Eden in Lugano in 1992 and he then took an important step forward in his career when he joined Hotel Villa Principe Leopoldo, also in Lugano, in 1994. He had his first experience as Chef de Cuisine in Verbier, the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and represented Ticino and the Confederation in a number of important gastronomic events in Switzerland and abroad. In 2005 he became the chef of the restaurant “Ai Giardini di Sassa” where he remained until 2010, deepening his knowledge and earning the federal Gastronomic Chef Certification. From 2011 until the end of 2016 he was the Head Chef of the Esplanade Hotel in Locarno and in 2017, at the height of his career, he joined THE VIEW Lugano, as Executive Chef.
His philosophy is: “Ability, precision and imagination, help me to create contemporary dishes that are both elegant and of the highest quality, using the best local products. Cooking is my passion, it is a business of the senses. Raw materials and technique go hand in hand, one does not exclude the other. I like contrasts ”.
Born in Abbiategrasso and raised in the Ticino countryside. Diego graduated from high school in 2008 and then decided to make the passion he had developed working in taverns as an apprentice at weekends, his profession. He studied at ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine, under Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi, who taught him the skills he would need to go on to work with prestigious chefs such as Niko Romito, who had a profound impact on his love for cooking. From Abruzzo he had a number of different experiences and then moved to Bologna in Emilia Romagna, where he worked under Chef Guido Haverkock, a chef of great personality, and where he had the honor of being part of the team that contributed towards the conquest of the prestigious and coveted Michelin star. In 2012 he left Italy for Switzerland and the Canton of Ticino, where he contributed to the revival of the 5-star Villa Orselina. When the prestigious boutique hotel THE VIEW Lugano opened, he joined the kitchen of THE VIEW Fine Dining under the leadership of Executive Chef Mauro Grandi.
His philosophy: “The search for the best raw materials and their exaltation is the key to a successful kitchen. My goal is to ensure that the ingredients are the most important factor and that they enhance the final product, from the most precious to the least known. I dream of a cuisine where the client learns to respect food and becomes an integral part of the process of transforming the raw materials into a sensorial experiences. “
The world of wine caught his attention from when he was a boy, and he was fascinated by the different aromas and flavors that characterized each single territory. This interest has continued to grow over the years and he has broadened his knowledge living in Brazil, England, Italy and Switzerland and through his specialized studies, to make this his true profession. His great curiosity has led him to discover new and unknown wines as well as established ones. He has combined a solid training with passion, achieving several prestigious certificates: • “AFC” Federal Certificate of Ability• “APF” Federal Professional Certificate• “DF” Federal Diploma “Executive Restaurant Manager”• “AIS” Italian Sommelier Certificate Along with the Chef, he was instrumental in the opening of THE VIEW Fine Dining restaurant, and has, during these past few years, collaborated not only with the prestigious Chef Mauro Grandi but also with dozens of Michelin-starred Chefs, playing an important role in the culinary experience by matching the wines to their dishes. Thanks to the various masters who inspired him and to his constant research, today, Sommelier Mario Miranda offers our guests wine tastings from all over the world that enhance the chef’s cuisine.
His philosophy: “Curiosity and research, to discover small specialized producers. I love getting to know my suppliers, every wine I select has been tasted by me personally, I never recommend anything I don’t know. The secret is to offer guests a truly authentic experience, a story I can tell personally. In addition to research, experimentation is also important and when one begins with respect for classic combinations, innovation never fails. For every moment of the day and on every occasion, there is always the right wine for the moment; this was my philosophy from the beginning. “