You managed to prise the recipe out of the chef when he visited your table after your meal. It wasn’t easy. You took notes and you’re sure you’ve got it all right. You bought the ingredients from the Saturday-morning market in the square. You’ve done your best, but for some reason your favourite holiday dish just doesn’t taste the same at home. It’s good, of course. The attention to detail and top-quality ingredients are obvious, but it's not like the dish you ate with your friends at the grotto on the last evening of your holiday.
Regional products are all about traditions, customs and secret recipes handed down from father to son, grandmother to daughter-in-law. These products haven’t travelled across Europe in a lorry before reaching your table. The village shop, the butcher and even the bakery sell local farm produce. These products often find their way into the local supermarket too, featuring alongside the classic products we all recognise. And when it comes to wine, it is more local than ever in Mendrisio, sometimes even made by the restaurant itself. Wine isn't necessarily sold by wine shops here. You can simply visit a cellar and chose a bottle.