The story of Irish food has many characters; people who Ross Lewis is always keen to weave into his food story because he knows their commitment to real food has helped him create a uniquely Irish cooking style. From the seasonally driven philosophy of Myrtle Allen, to artisans of extraordinary dedication Ross has been inspired to create menus, which have placed Chapter One as a beacon of our native produce, lightly framed within the classic culinary canon. As a member of Eurotoque, Ross has committed himself to cherishing food traditions, supporting the best producers and passing on his culinary skills to a younger generation. So even as you dine in Osteria Lucio you can be assured that the cooking guards the intrinsic quality and flavour of the food you eat.
It is no surprise then that Ross and Luciano find so much in common. They’ve been friends for over fifteen years, initiated when Luciano cooked three Italian meals at Chapter One. There have been many visits between Ireland and Italy since then, and many nights of talking about culture, food and wine. For Ross, what struck him about Lucio when they first met was Lucio’s gentle and caring nature, his generosity and willingness to exchange his knowledge with anyone who cared to listen. And if they listened, as Ross has, they discover a depth of knowledge and food experience, which is unrivalled in Italy. Of course they have much in common besides food, both have been more quietly successful than mere common celebrity, they share a more long-lasting fame, respected amongst fellow professionals and staff alike. They are food people of renown, their first love is the integrity of what they do. As Ross Lewis says: “I would consider one of the beautiful things about catering is meeting rare gems like Luciano Tona, we form part of the great big food family. Surely there is no better form of cultural exchange than through food and friendship.”
Ross Lewis opened Chapter One restaurant in 1993 and from humble and, sometimes challenging beginnings, on Dublin’s Northside it has grown to attract accolades from a Michelin star to the respect of the international culinary community. Osteria da Lucio is a new venture into a style of cooking closer to how Ross cooks at home for family and friends.