Entering the Cavallino Restaurant, which reopened on June 15th, but yesterday officially inaugurated the new era, was a bit like experiencing some scenes from “Back to the future” in… Motorsport sauce. Seeing Enzo Ferrari come out of the private room, his son Piero increasingly resembling the features of the Commendatore, after Marco Piccinini, Brenda Vernor, secretary of the founder, Jody Scheckter, Jacky Ickx and Gerhard Berger really gave the feeling that time had stopped, rewinding the thread of history to not forgotten and forgettable moments of the Scuderia.
Fragments of legend that have been reassembled in a kaleidoscope of memories in a dejavu of emotions in what could not have been just a lunch among the protagonists of the Scuderia of yesterday and today. The Cavallino will once again be a “sanctuary” for Ferrari fans where King Enzo used to have lunch with distinguished customers, his collaborators and drivers. How many details of agreements and contracts were defined at the table, between a plate of tortellini and a glass of red wine?
If the walls could talk, untold stories, anecdotes and backstories would emerge that certainly concerned the prestigious personalities who enthusiastically accepted the invitation of the president, John Elkann and Piero Ferrari.
The inauguration of the Il Cavallino restaurant with John Elkann, Rene Arnoux and Ickx’s wife
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We had the privilege of experiencing an exceptional reunion in which memories and exchanges of stories between champions and team managers from different eras resurfaced: starting with Jody Scheckter, Jacky Ickx and Arturo Merzario, to get to René Arnoux and Gerhard Berger, passing through Giancarlo Fisichella, Luca Badoer and Marc Genè.
Representing the Scuderia today, Charle Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and Antonio Giovinazzi (third driver on loan to Alfa Romeo) and the “boys” of Antonello Coletta, great head of Competizioni GT and Corse Clienti proud of the new headquarters just completed in Fiorano) : we are talking about Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Davide Rigon, Andrea Bertolini or the promise of the FDA, Robert Shwartzman.
Also very prestigious the parade of managers with Mattia Binotto, current team principal and his predecessor Maurizio Arrivabene, just married to Juventus, but how can we forget milestones such as Amedeo Felisa, Cesare Fiorio and the aforementioned Marco Piccinini.
The strength of the Scuderia is to be able to make a break in time by uniting yesterday’s champions with today’s drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, in a projection towards the future, that 2022 world championship that fans are waiting hopefully to see a Red on the highest step of the podium.
There was no better way to tie Ferrari’s past to present. And the new Cavallino is another plastic demonstration of this. The restaurant has been completely renovated thanks to the collaboration of the famous Franco-Iranian architect India Mahdavi, who has taken care of every detail. In the kitchen, the management is entrusted to Massimo Bottura, a multi-starred chef who has decided to focus on this historic place to offer “a new perspective and a new way of bringing Modena cuisine to life”.
Il Cavallino does not lose the connotations of the trattoria rooted in the territory that hosts it, Emilia, and its gastronomic tradition, but looks ahead: inside and outside the restaurant every design and furnishing detail has been created inspired by the traditional Italian trattoria, but it was developed through the typical codes of the Ferrari world.
It is legitimate to ask whether the Cavallino will remain unique, or whether in the plans of Nicola Boari, Chief Brand Diversification Officer, there is no desire to export the idea from Maranello. Food could become a further expression of the excellence of the brand and of Made in Italy, exportable to our Peninsula and to the world.
The dessert with the Prancing Horse
Jacky Ickx, Jody Scheckter, Piero Ferrari
Photo by: Ferrari Media Center