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Festa a Vico, 150 Chefs Converge on the Bay of Naples

Either my carbohydrate high just ended or I’m profoundly depressed. Both are equally possible considering I spent the last three days in and around Vico Equense on the Bay of Naples eating up a storm. I headed down south for the 9th annual Festa a Vico and 1st annual Festa A’ Pizza. Both events bring together Italy’s best chefs (the former) and pizzaioli (the latter) to cook their iconic dishes by the sea.

On Monday night, Festa A Vico hosted “emerging chefs” at the Bikini beach club. Each chef prepared a dish at his or her respective table as hundreds of food professionals, journalists, and foodies grazed. Of the roughly 80 dishes, I only tasted about a dozen. Within 30 seconds of arriving at Bikini my demophobia kicked into overdrive and I retreated from the most crowded areas. Accordingly, most of what I tasted was consumed in an adrenaline-fueled blur. It took about an hour of staggering around aimlessly to finally get my bearings.

Thankfully, later in the evening, I noticed a table on the beach where the carcass of a massive tuna was being carved up by Japanese chefs. They prepared sushi and poured sake into little plastic cups. This scenario was roughly equivalent to my idea of paradise. I then preceded to overcompensate for missing so many of the emerging chefs’ dishes. Squishing the sand beneath my toes while doing so was an added bonus.

The absolute highlight, though, was yet to come. At the very end of the night Enzo Coccia of La Notizia prepared two types of pizza fritta, one with smoked cheese and anchovies and the other with mozzarella, tomato and basil. I’ll take fried dough over fine dining any day and I rolled out of Bikini a happy camper.

On Tuesday night, Hotel Le Axidie in Seiano hosted 65 of Italy’s top chefs. Once again, I didn’t handle the crowds well. Thankfully, Scatti di Gusto has summarized the participants and illustrate the results (in Italian) better than I can. Stay tuned tomorrow for more on fun food times in Vico, this time with a an eye on pizza.

Photo credit: Special thanks to John Regefalk of Caput Mundi Cibus for the second and third photo!

2017-02-17T15:27:15+00:00 June 9th, 2011|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants|4 Comments


  1. janie June 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Pizza fritta-the way to my heart!

  2. Katie June 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    tell me about it! 🙂

  3. Eriko June 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I am just one of Japanese chefs, the most left woman!
    My name is Eriko.
    The experience became one of the most brilliant things of our life.
    And we are soooooooo happy because of your comment!

    If you come in Japan, do visit for us ‘BUNON’!
    We are looking for seeing you at Nishiazabi in Tokyo.

    Sono una cuoca giapponese,la piu sinistra.
    Mi chiamo Eriko.
    Questa esperienza era meravigliosa e una cosa speciale della nostra vita.
    anche ci fa un complimento che lei ha scritto cosi.
    cmnq quand lei viene in giappone, deve visitare da noi ‘BUNON’.

    aspettiamo a Nishiazabu in Tokyo.

  4. Katie June 22, 2011 at 12:27 am - Reply

    @Eriko Hi!!! i would LOVE to come to Japan some day. there is so much about Japanese cuisine that i dont know. i think it will require quite a long trip just to scratch the surface! thanks for your comment and hope to see you at Vico next year!!!

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