Best Pasta Chef - 2008
Genuine Tuscan cuisine is hard to find despite all the restaurants in town that promote the authenticity of their menus. But award-winning chef Sergio Giusti, the owner of Firenze by Night, produces the real thing. He is best known for his gnocchi, which have been called "the delectable dumplings of death." Another favorite is his pappardelle Toscana, which he prepares with a delicious rabbit sauce. Giusti's mother was raised in the rugged hills of Maremma in southern Tuscany, where the wild boar (chinghalle) are plentiful and the locals are world experts in the preparation of its lean, flavorful meat. Ask your waiter if by chance Giusti has some pappardelle with chinghalle sauce available in the kitchen, which he does on rare occasions. You won't regret it.