Biography

“My food is often described as simple. This is very true, in the sense that it is not complicated, which is not to say that it is without significant complexity. In cooking, complexity can be advantageous; complication never”. (Niko Romito, “10 Lezioni di Cucina”, Giunti editore)


Niko Romito was born in 1974 in Castel di Sangro, a small town in the Central Italian region of Abruzzo. Since 2000, together with his sister Cristiana, he’s been at the helm of the Reale, a bakery-turned-family restaurant. An aspiring broker, a self-taught cook, with deep ties to his territory, in just 7 years Romito has received 3 Michelin stars, followed by many more distinctions, such as the “Performance of the Year” award (with a score of 19,5/20) from the Espresso Guide in 2015, the 84th place on The 50 World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and the “Dish of the Year” award, with the highest score of “5 Hats”, from the Espresso Guide in 2017…

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