Born and raised in Italy, Nicoletta Tavella moved to Amsterdam 31 years ago and today she is a well-known chef and F&B personality in the Netherlands. From 8 to 10 January 2018, the self-taught chef and founder of Amsterdam-based cooking school “La Cucina del Sole” (“The Sunny Kitchen” in English), will be at Bellavita Expo Amsterdam to run workshops and live culinary demonstrations. In this interview, we asked Nicoletta her point of view on the latest trends in Italian cuisine and the evolution of Italy’s F&B products in the Netherlands.
What are the bestselling Italian products in the Netherlands?
Pasta thanks to its simplicity, speed and versatility. Also prosecco has become very popular in the past few years, a real boom… and then coffee – it was terrible when I first arrived! But now you can have a good quality espresso and cappuccino pretty much everywhere, especially in big cities. In addition, Dutch consumers love our cheese: parmesan, mozzarella and gorgonzola are the most popular but burrata is also in high demand.
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