“Contemporary cuisine refers to the integration of time honored culinary traditions in today’s kitchens in order to preserve them for future generations.” — Chef Luigi Diotaiuti
Award winning Chef/Restaurateur/Owner of Al Tiramisu and Aperto, Luigi Diotaiuti is a world -renowned authority on Italian cooking and living. A celebrity favorite for decades, the certified Italian Sommelier and television personality was born in a farm near Lagonegro, in the mountains of the Southern Italian province of Basilicata. He is a member of the American Chefs Corps network through the U.S. Department of State where he recently prepared Italian –American classics at the Groundbreaking Reception for the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. In 2013, Chef Luigi released a short film entitled The Beauty of Basilicata Dinner at the James Beard Foundation in order to pay homage to the cuisine of his homeland. He opened Al Tiramisu restaurant in 1996, after having worked in several legendary Italian restaurants in Washington, DC. He believes that food gives us the opportunity to respect past traditions and celebrate the present, while looking forward to the future. His menus combine authentic Italian fare with elevated touches. It is for this reason that he was awarded the coveted “Insegna del Ristorante Italiano,” the seal of approval by the President of Italy and Slow Food DC’s Snail of Approval award. When he is not cooking for celebrities like Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Secretary of State John Kerry, and actor George Clooney, Chef Luigi makes frequent appearances on US and Italian television and has been featured in countless print media articles. He released his first cookbook, The Al Tiramisu Restaurant Cookbook: An Elevated Approach to Authentic Italian Cuisine in December 2013. In 2017, he was named “Ambassador of Basilicata’s Cuisine in the World” by The Federation of Italian Cooks.