Design Hotels™ member vigilius mountain resort in South Tyrol announces Mauro Buffo as its new chef at Restaurant 1500. Buffo was born in Verona and has already cooked in several renowned restaurants such as El Bulli in Girona and Falai Restaurant in New York before joining vigilius mountain resort.
At Restaurant 1500 Buffo takes guests on a culinary journey around the world with light, modern dishes refined with fresh herbs and spices. The diversified menu includes steamed sea bass in zucchini with avocado cream, dill sauce and crispy sprouts or pink roast fillet of veal with foie gras, beetroot puree, millefeuille of pumpkin or mustard-truffle sauce. For dessert, guests can choose from saffron millefeuille with almond bon bon of dried fruit with toffee coffee, passion fruit foam and apricot yogurt ice cream amongst others. Buffo also serves gluten free dishes.
From February 2011, Buffo will create a range of themed menus reflecting his many stints around the world. However, Buffo will also pay homage to the region’s rich culinary traditions with a range of South Tyrolean and Italian dishes using local ingredients like organic cheese from the area’s farms. The wine cellar of Restaurant 1500 serves a wide selection of international wines to enhance the flavors of Buffo’s creations.
The vigilius mountain resort is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters amidst the South Tyrolean Alps and is only accessible by cable car. Nature is key at this luxurious eco-resort. Star architect Matteo Thun expressed the principle of ‘organic architecture’ in elements such as a grass-covered roof and the use of natural larch wood throughout. With 35 rooms and six suites the resort also features a library, piazza lounge and the rustic restaurant Stube Ida with traditional South Tyrolean cuisine.