September 21, 2017
Next week, Solare Ristorante Executive Chef Accursio Lota will travel to his home country of Italy to represent San Diego and the United States in the 2017 Barilla Pasta World Championship.
"It is so rewarding and I'm very excited to be a representative of the United States and my home of San Diego," said Chef Accursio. "It is an honor to be part of this competition with so many great chefs and to have five Michelin Star chefs, who were all heroes of mine growing up, judging this event."
|Samples of Accursio's pasta dishes from Solare|
On September 28, the 10 finalists will compete in Milan for the second challenge - reinterpreting a traditional pasta recipe, spaghetti with tomato sauce, using ingredients given in a mystery box. After this competition, three finalists will be chosen who will compete at Academia Barilla auditorium in Parma on September 29 in front of Barilla Founder Paolo Barilla and five Michelin starred Italian chefs to see who is crowned the 2017 Pasta World Champion.
"San Diego has grown so much gastronomically in the past several years," proclaimed Chef Accursio. "I have also grown as a chef in that time and will do my best, focus, and cook with all my heart at this competition."
Watch Accursio's Barilla promo video below and get pumped up for this San Diego chef competing on a global level. Head to Solare Ristorante, located at 2820 Roosevelt Road in Point Loma, to sample some of Chef Accursio's dishes. In bocca al lupo, Chef Accursio!!!