Sometimes you have to wait to be mature enough to be able to achieve something big. One needs only to talk a few minutes with Alberto Colamonici to understand that he as crackling as his dishes. “I don’t have a restaurant, this is my home, I live in a room on the mezzanine and I only organize lunches or dinners that are tailor-made in the entire location, I love being among pots and pans”.
Fifty-five years old, wholeheartedly Neapolitan, “a face like a scugnizzo [Neapolitan for ‘street urchin’] that still won’t abandon me”he says with a smile, Alberto worked for most of his life in the family jewelry store between Naples and Rome but he has traveled the world. He was always cooking in his own time, having fun with friends preparing sartùor scarpariello, untilnine years ago he decided to take a professional cooking course.
Having acquired the right skills, he begins with organizing cooking classes for foreigners “everyone had a blast and then less than three years ago I found a former workshop in Trastevere and turned it into my home”. Brick walls, a huge kitchen that dominates the center of the room where design and technology flirt with Alberto’s punching bag: the game is done and in a short time his secret location becomes a reference point for the most exclusive dinners. Some call him the Livingroom Chef.
As crackling as the volcano of babà that he recently prepared for a special dinner, as authentic as the flavor of his meatballs with tomato sauce, Alberto conquers his guests also with the single-portion sweets “that a friend has nicknamed the jewels on the plate”, he says smiling. The latest conquest? Hosting the photographs of the Swiss artist Irene Kung from the prestigious Galleria Valentina Bonomo on the walls of his loft. Art and food, what else?
A Casa di Alberto, Via Augusto Jandolo, 10, Rome. Tel. 06.89228991 – 392.7954297.