Il Sereno *****L Torno Como Lake (I) & Berton al Lago Chef Raffaele Lenzi new star Michelin 2018

Pubblicato da sopra 25 aprile 2019

Pubblicato da Elio Crociani su Lunedì 29 aprile 2019 Canapè Lattuga marinata, quinoa e liquirizia Rapa rossa, indivia belga e aiolì Royal di legumi, radici ed erbe cipollina Corteccia di yucca e centrifugato di erbette Piatti Carote mandorle e prezzemolo Fungo cardoncello menta e cipolline loretane Risotto di cavolfiore, ribes,  tartufo nero e ristretto di verdure

Pubblicato da Elio Crociani su Lunedì 29 aprile 2019

Canapè

Lattuga marinata, quinoa e liquirizia
Rapa rossa, indivia belga e aiolì
Royal di legumi, radici ed erbe cipollina
Corteccia di yucca e centrifugato di erbette

Piatti

Carote mandorle e prezzemolo

Fungo cardoncello menta e cipolline loretane

Risotto di cavolfiore, ribes,  tartufo nero e ristretto di verdure

Spaghetti al burro di pistacchi e ravanelli fermentati

Cavolo pack choy, pastinaca aceto di scisso e alghe

Carciofo, fave e patate affumicate

Minestrone di frutta-verdura e lemongrass

Pubblicato da Elio Crociani su Martedì 8 maggio 2018

IL SERENO CELEBRATES REOPENING FOR 2018 SEASON
Set on Italy’s Lake Como, Il Sereno marks its second season with newly awarded Michelin Star for Ristorante Berton Al Lago and full-service Spa

On March 15, 2018, Il Sereno Lago Di Como, situated upon Italy’s Lake Como in the picturesque town of Torno, celebrates its second spring and summer season with a recentlyacquired Michelin Star for its’ signature restaurant, Berton Al Lago, and the official debut of Spa Il Sereno, a full-service spa featuring exclusive treatments from Valmont, a highly regarded Swiss beauty brand. The all-suite Patricia Urquiola designed hotel has received prestigious accolades since its initial openingacross a variety of media verticals including Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 “Gold List” and 2017 “Reader’s Choice Awards” for Top Hotel in Italy, Robb Report’s 2017 “Best the Best,” and Travel + Leisure’s 2017 “ItList,” to name a few. “We are thrilled to celebrate the second opening season of Il Sereno Lago Di Como with such anoverwhelmingly positive reception from guests. It is truly remarkable to receive a prestigious Michelin starfor Berton Al Lago in the hotel’s first opening season, said Luis Contreras, owner of Sereno Hotels. “We lookforward to continuing to provide our guests with an exceptional culinary experience, luxurious amenities andfirst-rate service on beautiful Lake Como for years to come.” At the helm of Berton Al Lago, which has been awarded its first Michelin star within just one year of opening, is celebrated Milan based restaurateur and chef Andrea Berton. With more than 27 years of industry experience, Chef Berton has earned four Michelin Stars across three different restaurants. At Berton Al Lago, Executive Chef Raffaele Lenzi, brings his vision to life, responsible for the daily culinary operations. Together Berton and Lenzi deliver “Italian dishes that are enhanced with a modern twist” which can be seen in simpleyet imaginative takes on classic dishes, such as the Saffron Risotto made with Genovese ragout and mushroom powder. New for 2018, a seven-course vegetarian tasting menu will be introduced, taking fulla dvantage of all the incredible produce from the regions surrounding Lake Como and making use of ingredients from the hotels’ own herb garden. Wine pairing with the menu will also be available. Paying tribute to the rich and diverse area of Northern Italy, the finest, seasonal ingredients are all sourced locally. Fresh fish and aromatic herbs are drawn directly from Lake Como and its surrounding vegetation, while incredible wines, cheese and meats are obtained from the neighbouring mountains of Valtellina. Risotto rice and an array of other delicious ingredients are also gathered from the neighboring region of Pianura Padana. Berton Al Lago’s sleek and contemporary Patricia Urquiola-designed interiors feature accents through outwhich pay homage to its unique setting on the lake such as the restaurant’s tables, made from the same local stones used in the façade of the hotel. Truly offering a feast for all senses, Berton Al Lago has abeautiful, spacious, outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Como perfect for balmy Italian evenings, as well as an indoor area directly above the lake in the centuries old boat house.For an added dose of luxury, guests can travel across the lake to and from Berton Al Lago in style, via one of Il Sereno’s handcrafted Riva boats custom-built by Cantiere Ernesto Riva. Alternately, Il Sereno’s very own Maserati Quattroporte, featuring an Ermenegildo Zegna leather and silk interior, is available for private transfer for guests to and from Milan Malpensa Airport or around the roads of Lake Como for the duration of a guest’s visit. The SPA at Il Sereno is a tranquil and restorative haven, located along the banks of Lake Como. The only spaon Lake Como that features exclusive products and treatments from the acclaimed Valmont skincare brand based just across the border in Switzerland, The SPA includes three treatment rooms, sauna and steam room finished with Italian tiles. Additionally, a private outdoor relaxation area with a plunge pool suspended overthe water provides a serene place to cool off and unwind. Keeping in the Sereno Hotels tradition of all rooms facing the water; two of the intimate treatment rooms atThe SPA at Il Sereno have wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that look directly onto Lake Como. The third treatment room is an expansive couples’ treatment room with a built-in shower. Throughout The SPA, thecool tones of the centuries-old granite walls and green accents that reflect the deep tones of Lake Comocreate an instantly calming environment. Valmont is revered for its cellular cosmetics and anti-aging treatments sourced from the natural environment of the country, including pure glacier water from the Valais Glacier. The SPA at Il Sereno offers two signature treatments by Valmont: Elixir des Glaciers, the ultimate full face and body ritual that enhances skin radiance and glow, and Harmony in Sereno, Valmont’s exclusive massage treatment for Il Sereno Lago diComo that is designed to re-energize, harmonize and relax both body and mind, instilling complete peace.Rates at Il Sereno start at $986/night for 2018.

For more information or to book a stay at Il Sereno Lago Di Como, please visit ilsereno.com or call +39 031 5477800

About Il Sereno, Lago di ComoIl Sereno presents a new era of luxury hotel for the iconic destination of Lake Como with an ethos ofunderstated elegance. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, Wallpaper* magazine Designer of The Year 2015, theall-suite hotel has earned worldwide recognition including coveted spots on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018“Gold List” and Travel + Leisure’s 2017 “It List.” Each of the 30 spacious, waterfront rooms boast floor toceiling windows and large furnished terraces. Milan restaurateur and Michelin star chef, Andrea Berton leads the hotel’s indoor-outdoor restaurant Berton Al Lago as Executive Chef, which was recently awarded a 2017 Michelin star in its first year of operation. A full-service spa situated under original stone arches dating backcenturies features treatments from Swiss-brand Valmont. When not enjoying the 60-foot-long freshwaterinfinity pool suspended over the lake, guests can travel around the lake in style, in the hotel’s custom-built Riva boats by Cantiere Ernesto Riva. About Sereno Hotels Le Sereno St. Barth by Christian Liaigre launched to great success and was followed a few years later by LeSereno Villas. Now with the addition of the Il Sereno Lago di Como property and Villa Pliniana, with futureexpansions to be announced, Sereno Hotels will be the private owner and operator of a small number of hotels at the upper echelon of the luxury market. Themes carried through each hotel are a small, intimatenumber of rooms, locations in some of the world’s most coveted vacation destinations, oversized rooms and suites, great views, large private villas associated to the hotel property, understated luxury, and exact\attention to detail in design, service, cuisine and amenities. All Sereno Hotel properties are members ofLeading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso.

ADDRESS
Via Torrazza, 1022020 Torno, Como, Italy(Village of Torno, Province of Como, Region of Lombardy, Italy) ilsereno.comTELEPHONE:+39 031 5477800
OPENED
August 1, 2016OWNERSHIP: Contreras Family
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Samy Ghachem
ARCHITECTURE ANDINTERIOR DESIGN:Patricia UrquiolaSUITE RATES:Starting at €750 – €800
OVERVIEW
Il Sereno Lago di Como is a small and intimate ultra-luxury hotel on theiconic shores of Lake Como, Italy. Respecting its natural and historicalsurroundings, Il Sereno Lago di Como joins a select group of illustriouslake hotels in this exclusive destination. Building on the success of Le Sereno St Barth’s, the owners joinedforces with Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola to introduce acontemporary and more relaxed interpretation of luxury, design andpersonalized service to Lake Como. Il Sereno Lago di Como ispositioned as the most stylish and private sanctuary among the lake’sprestigious collection of hotels. Il Sereno and nearby Villa Pliniana aremembers of Leading Hotels of the World and Virtuoso.
LOCATION
Since time immemorial, Lake Como has seduced visitors with its naturalbeauty and dramatic vistas of the southern Italian Alps. Long adestination of choice for European aristocrats and today’s glitterati; LakeComo remains the epitome of a glamorous vacation destination. Situated on a sunny promontory next to the village of Torno andsurrounded by peaceful views of Lake Como’s natural beauty, lushgardens and idyllic small towns, Il Sereno”s lakefront location stretchesapproximately 140 meters (450 feet) along the eastern shore of LakeComo. The hotel is less than 6km (4 miles) from the center of Como, just a short8-minute drive; and approximately 50 minutes from both Milano-Malpensa airport or from the center of Milan.The hotel features its own private docking facilities and three customRiva boats. Guests may arrive by boat and can visit the many beautiful locations the lake has to offer via water-taxi or the hotel’s boat services.
ACCOMMODATIONS
Following the Sereno brand’s philosophy of contemporary luxury in anintimate setting, the hotel features just 30 suites, each spacious and juststeps from the waterfront with spectacular lake views and privatefurnished terraces. Suites range in size from a generous 60m2 (600sq-ft) to The Penthouseat 200m2 (2,150sq-ft); which includes an oversized private terrace andgarden with a rooftop lap pool.There are 23 Lakefront Suites ranging from 60-66m2 (645-710sq-ft);three Corner Suites of 83m2 (893sq-ft) and two large Lake Suites withtwo bathrooms, a dining room, terrace and outdoor hot tub; along withtwo Penthouse Suites.HOTEL AMENITIES:  Berton Al Lago, a Michelin-starred restaurant, serving breakfast,lunch and dinner Il Sereno Bar & Lounge Pool Club with attendants  Pool Bar and menu Waterfront freshwater infinity pool (heated) Fitness Center (fitness trainers on request) Custom Riva boats for lake transport Maserati Quattroporte house car Full service spa
ROOM AMENITIES
 Suites with lake views, all with private and furnished lake-viewterraces  Room furnishings and design by Patricia Urquiola Robes and towels by D. Porthault Ex Voto Paris bath amenities 24-hour room service Private bar Twice-daily maid service Complimentary high speed WI-FI, cordless telephones, flat screenTV and blue-tooth sound system King size down pillows and duvets 220v (110v in the bathrooms) Air Conditioning
DESIGNER
One of the most celebrated designers of her generation, Milan based Patricia Urquiola designs for some of the most important Italian and international furniture and design houses, including B&B Italia, Alessi,Kartell, Baccarat, Rosenthal, Axor, BMW, Molteni, Flos, Boffi, LouisVuitton and Moroso. Her recent projects include the Mandarin Oriental inBarcelona, Milan’s Missoni store (intended as the template for all Missonistores) and Ian Schrager’s upcoming Edition Hotel in Barcelona. Some of her products are featured in museums including the permanent collection of  MoMA in New York, Museo della Triennale Milan, Fonds National D’Art Contemporain in Paris and die Neue Sammlung in Munich. She has won several international prices and awards includingthe Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded by His Majesty The King ofSpain, and “Designer of the Year” from Wallpaper* magazine, Ad Spain, Elle Decor International and Architektur und Wohnen magazines. Urquiola and her team have dedicated their energy and talents to Il Sereno Lago di Como, because although the project is relatively small, it is of special importance to them because of its location near Milan, theirhome town.
DESIGN BRIEF
Urquiola created a contemporary look at Il Sereno Lago di Como with understated décor; a new vision and contrast to the classic designs thatcan be found around Lake Como. The spacious design of the suites isintended to maximize views and seamlessly integrate the interior and exterior of the accommodations.The first decision the owners made when conceiving the hotel was toreject the idea of creating a faux renaissance or neoclassic design so popular in Lake Como. With Lake Como just 50 minutes away from Milan, one of the most important cities in Lombardy, the owners wished to take a new direction celebrating Milan’s reputation in the design world. Most of the furniture workshops that have made Italy the world’s capital for furniture design in the 20th and 21st centuries are actually located onthe hills surrounding Lake Como. Thus, Il Sereno Lago di Como is born in the tradition of the grand lake hotels, but with a contemporary viewboth in design and service. Il Sereno Lago di Como had the fortune of benefitting from the creativity and design sensitivity of Milan-based Patricia Urquiola, without a doubtone of the leading designers of her generation. The aim was to create something unseen on Lake Como: a luxury hotel, where people could live in an experience totally absorbed by the atmosphere, finding all thethings needed to be feel cocooned from the landscape to the last detail. Urquiola used natural materials (stone, wood, wools and other fabrics) tocreate a natural aesthetic with a lot of personality while remain ingtimeless. The structure is inspired by the historical heritage of the lakeusing the rationalism of the Casa del Fascio of Giuseppe Terragni (1936) as the Genius Loci of the Lake. It provided the idea of modularity for thehotel—the way Terragni designed individual rooms and how they interactas a whole. The rooms highlight the changing of light though the day effected by the interaction of water, different lines of the mountains and sky. The choice is given to each guest to create a space in harmony with the natural environment by bringing out the light, but also creating theability to interact with the various environments while maintaining the structure consistent with the landscape. Key to the design was to instill the same principles that have made LeSereno, St. Barthelemy a huge success. The Sereno guest expects a hotel that has a strong sense of place, well-developed design sensitivity,and that balances exclusive, sophisticated and very high-end services in a relaxed and simple manner. As in St Barth’s, to achieve this, the Sereno hotel must have a small number of rooms; all of them large, with terraces and water views; beds with frontal lake views, great design andattention to detail; and personality married with timeless design that is never trendy, while being generous and creative with guest amenities. Il Sereno Lago di Como has garnered a prestigious Climate Housecertification – an Alps-specific designation with standards similar to thoseof LEED – for its distinguished environmental friendliness, eco-conscience design and energy-saving systems in place.
GARDENS AND POOL
The hotel has a sunny garden overlooking the lake plus several secretpassageways for calm strolls along the garden. To better blend the building with its beautiful and lush green surroundings, there are twolarge vertical gardens and one custom green sculpture designed by famed botanist Patrick Blanc.
At the center of the gardens is a 60-foot-long infinity pool placed length-wise in front of the lake and surrounded by a large sundeck where guests can relax and enjoy food and drinks on the deck. Next to the poolis a small beach that gives guests direct access to the lake.
RESTAURANT:
Also designed by Patricia Urquiola, Ristorante Berton Al Lago is thehotel’s signature restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and ledby Michelin star Chef Andrea Berton. In 2017, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star, a tremendous achievement after beingopen for one full season. Located on the water, Berton Al Lago has three areas: an indoor air-conditioned dining room, an open-air dining room with roof next to the lake and the terrace restaurant. The restaurant’sprivileged location means that in the summer months the restaurant will enjoy natural light as late as 10 p.m. Chef Andrea Berton has created a menu of simple and classic northern Italian dishes in a relaxed yet refined atmosphere. The restaurant’s excellence comes from the quality of the execution and the freshness of its ingredients, which are sourced from nearby locations like Valtellina and the Pianura Padana region. Because of the expected excellence of its cuisine, its incomparablelocation on the lake, sunny exposure and Patricia Urquiola’s design, the hotel’s restaurant is popular not only with hotel guests, but also people from the design and fashion world from nearby Milan and Como, infusing an additional layer of Italian design and sophistication. The pool and other hotel areas are for the exclusive use of hotel guests.
SPA
Opened in July 2017, The Spa at Il Sereno, also designed by PatriciaUriquola, fits effortlessly into what was formerly the darsena, orboathouse, of the property. The cool tones of the centuries-old granitewalls and green accents that reflect the deep tones of Lake Como createan instantly calming environment. Keeping in the Sereno Hotels traditionof all rooms facing the water; each of the three intimate treatment roomsat The Spa at Il Sereno look directly onto Lake Como. A private outdoorrelaxation room with plunge pool offers guests the perfect spot to cool off. Il Sereno has the only spa on Lake Como that features exclusiveproducts and treatments from the acclaimed Valmont skincare brand based just across the border in Switzerland. Valmont is revered for anti-aging treatments sourced from the natural environment of the country,including pure glacier water from the Valais Glacier. The Spa at Il Sereno offers four signature facials, including Vitality of the Glaciers, an iconicValmont treatment designed to stimulate the skin’s energy and cellrenewal, transforming overstrained, lifeless skin into radiant, firm skin, and Peaks of Firmness, an expert anti-wrinkle and firming treatment totreat and prevent the most visible signs of aging.
ADDITIONAL SPACES
In addition to the main restaurant, there is a light-fare menu availablefor hotel guests served in the pool-deck area.The hotel has a large and comfortable lobby, designed by Urquiola as aseries of lounges and living rooms where drinks and snacks areavailable. Surrounding the lobby there is a spectacular outdoor terrace right on top of the lake and over the historic darsena where the hotel isbuilt where food and drinks are also available. Anchoring the lobby is thehotel’s main bar.Weddings in Lake Como are, deservedly, very famous. Urquiola designed a special tent that can cover all of the pool-deck area for special parties and weddings. Parties of this type may be done only in a complete hotel buyout. The hotel also has a small area that can be reserved for private, small conferences.
TRANSPORTATION
Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP) is the principal airport nearest to Lake Como, approximately 60 minutes away. Upon arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, visitors can access Lake Comoby rental car, train or private transportation upon request. From the Como city center, Il Sereno is a 12 minute car ride away.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
2017 Condé Nast Traveler “Hot List” 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards #3 Hotel in Italy #32 Best Hotels in the World2017 Travel + Leisure “It List”2017 Surface Travel Awards: Finalist in “Resort” category2017 Afar Traveler’s Choice Awards: “Best Design”
Bio Chef
The Chef Lenzi’s life and the career, have been signed by several collaboration with different Michelin Stars Chefs whom gave to him method, discipline and management skills; from Naples to
London, from New York to Valencia, these are only some cityes where he lived and where he improved his competences.
Already chef de partie next to Chef Bruno Barbieri and Chef Elio Sironi in 2008, to become Junior Souschef in the Kitchen of Pino Lavarra and Stefano Baiocco.
Progressively a new opportunity in Milan for the opening of the Armani Hotel in the 2011 see him with the role of Executive Souchef where Chef Lenzi will stay until the 2013 to be than called to manage the Turbigo restaurant.
Thereafter beside Chef Alberto Citterio for the Seven Stars Hotel in Milan to become than Executive Chef of Berton al Lago, the restaurant of the new Hotel Sereno – Como, signed by Patricia Urquiola, where do not never miss the daily fished and the best traditional dishes of the most requested chefs of the moment.
La vita e la carriera di giovane Lenzi sono segnate da incontri e collaborazioni con tanti chef stellati che gli hanno trasmesso metodo, disciplina, conoscenze tecniche e capacità gestionali: da Napoli a Londra, da New York a Valencia. Già chef di partita nelle cucine degli stellati Bruno Barbieri e Elio Sironi nel 2008, diventa successivamente junior sous chef di Pino Lavarra e Stefano Baiocco. Nel 2011 accetta il ruolo di executive sous chef presso l’Armani Hotel di Milano dove resterà fino a settembre 2013 quando viene chiamato a dirigere la cucina del ristorante Turbigo. Successivamente affianca lo chef Alberto Citterio presso l’Hotel Seven Stars di Milano. Al Berton a Lago, nel nuovo locale firmato Patricia Urquiola, non pofssono mai mancare il pescato del giorno e i grandi classici di due master tra i più quotati del momento.

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