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Valentino Cassanelli

Chef Valentino Cassanelli is one of the most exciting and unique chefs in Italy. His dishes are a free expression of Italian cuisine, drawing inspiration from his life experiences and the rich biodiversity surrounding the coastal town of Forte dei Marmi, a gem of Versilia. Lux Lucis, his Michelin starred restaurant, is located on the panoramic rooftop of the five-star hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi.

The restaurant celebrates its 10th anniversary this year – and Chef Valentino Cassanelli has created the tasting menu “10 Years of Lux Lucis – I’m on the road again” for this special occasion. Each dish of this culinary experience is a journey that retraces the steps taken by the chef and the history of Lux Lucis itself: on the tasting menu, there are ten courses, one for each year of the restaurant.

In 2018, Principe Forte dei Marmi was awarded Best Dining Experience by Condé Nast Johansens. Furthermore, Lux Lucis won the special award Pasta of the Year and four hats by Le Guide de L’Espresso 2020. It has also been declared the 2020 Luxury Rooftop Restaurant winner for the European continent by the World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

About Author

Born in Russia and raised in NYC, I moved to Paris to pursue my gastronomic dreams as well as to meet the city’s most renowned chefs.