The starred chef of Grand Véfour, in Paris, Guy Martin has set his sights on two 18th century palazzos, in Nardo, a scenic town in the Puglia region of Italy.
A lover of Italy, its culture and gastronomy, the chef of the famous Grand Véfour restaurant, in Paris, already features several gourmet addresses—Le Vésinet, the Institut du Monde Arabe and even The Brando Hotel, in Tahiti. But the President of Servair Culinary Studio, gathering star chefs and experts to raise quality standards onboard planes, had a vision to pursue.
Two Italian palazzos for chef Guy Martin
For this Spring, he found a new epicurean playground in Nardo. Having discovered the streets of this small town in the Puglia region of Italy, quietly drowsing in the shade of a fabulous historical patrimony, Guy Martin decided to renovate the two Palazzos, Maritati and Muci, which he set his sights on a little by happenstance. After this initial heartthrob, the urge to move his precious furniture there seems quite evident.
Period guest rooms
Inside the courtyards, the salons and 10 bedrooms that shelter them, all close to one another, the works and objects collected by this culinary dandy, who cultivates a true passion for contemporary art, have quite naturally found their place. In an enlightened combination of genres, paintings, sofas, armoires, tables, bookshelves, rare books and photos are on display, only visible by the next guests, who will be lucky enough to stay here, because these deluxe enclaves will not appear on discount Internet sites. The idea is to make this upscale destination the best kept secret of Italy.