Accursio Craparo

They call me 'the cook of the two Sicilies', because the fascinations of childhood and the inspirations of experience led me to travel between Western and Eastern Sicily. As two distant regions, each has its own history that influences the taste sacraments: a thousand contradictions separate them, but they are united by a boundless wealth of nature that I try to preserve in its entirety, enhancing it in my cooking.
I was born in 1976 in Sciacca, in the province of Agrigento.
After graduating as a cook from the Hotelier Institute, my suitcase and a desire to learn this trade accompanied me around the world: from my first stops in the snows of the Dolomites, to Germany, in Frankfurt, at the Osteria Enoteca (one star in the Guida Rossa), with cuisine of Piedmontese influence and a look at the Mediterranean tradition of sweet and sour, and then on to the Joia side of the Milanese restaurant scene.
I spent 15 months, from 2000 to 2002, at Pietro Leemann's court: here I learnt the art of appreciating the naturalness of products, the skillful use of vegetable ingredients, the lightness of style, the transposition of the Chinese school of thought into Mediterranean cuisine, with the five basic elements of taste - bitter, sour, spicy, salty and sweet - applied to the construction of each dish.
Together with my Maestro, we decided it was time to go further and the choice fell on Massimiliano Alajmo and Le Calandre. Here I learnt that words can accompany dishes like background music: no dissonance between the five senses, no contradiction between hearing and taste, between sight and smell, only harmonic synthesis.
The call of my land brought me back to Sicily. To the east, this time.
I began my new experience in Modica, at the Fattoria delle Torri: a period of memories that surfaced in my youth, the scents and aromas of my grandmother's dishes and family... Everything was important in shaping my profile as a mature professional.
Shortly afterwards, the arrival in Noto was marked by the meeting with Corrado Assenza and Caffè Sicilia. The long-distance accomplice Massimiliano Alajmo, a close friend of both of us, was the leaven of our friendship and collaboration: a relationship played out between sweet and savoury, without dogma, with the sole desire to bring out the profound essence that lies in every ingredient, to be transformed into food, totally, an experience for the Man, not for the customer. A way, for me, to continue the Le Calandre experience without interruption of space-time.
Then, in 2005, I opened the Gazza Ladra in Modica, where I found a way to express the skills, sensitivity and experience I had assimilated over the years, until I reached the Michelin Star in 2008. Here I remained at the helm until 2012, then I felt the time had come to have a space of my own. Thus, in June 2014, 'Accursio Ristorante' was born. And here begins, together with you, my new journey.
Accursio Craparo
via grimaldi, 41 - 97015 Modica (RG)
Ristorante: +39 0932 941689
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