The Agenzia di Pollenzo: A Dream Comes True

A mere ceremony would fail to do justice to the much anticipated inauguration of the newly restored Agenzia di Pollenzo. So Slow Food has planned10 days of celebration from April 30 to May 5. Hence song, music and entertainment, plus lectures, concerts, debates, theme dinners and tastings.

Celebrity guests will include Umberto Eco, academic and author of In the Name of the Rose, Jack Lang, former French Minister of Culture, Enzo Bianchi, theologist and prior of the Monastery of Bose, Vittorio Sgarbi, art critic and professor, Moni Ovadia, Jewish playwright and actor, singer-songwriterFrancesco Guccini, internationally renowned chefs Paul Bocuse and Gualtiero Marchesi, and winemakers Angelo Gaja and Alexandre de Lur-Saluces. For a full list of guests and presenters, see the inauguration program available in Italian at

This event—born in the mind and heart of Carlo Petrini, patiently nurtured and developed by the whole Slow Food association, with the help of countless individuals and institutions (above all, the Region of Piedmont and the City of Bra) whose financial support and hard work have made it possible—will truly be a dream come true.

The historical Pollenzo farm complex was once the property of the House of Savoy, being chosen as a center for experimental agriculture in the early 1800s by Carlo Alberto. Recently recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it has now been completely restored to house:

The University of Gastronomic SciencesThe University of Gastronomic Sciences, open to students from all over the world will expand the study of gastronomy to include subjects such as geography, law, economy, marketing, sociology, anthropology, ecology, history, communication and sensory perception. A second campus will be situated at the Royal Palace of Colorno (Emilia-Romagna). For more information, visit

The Wine BankHoused in the cellars of the Agenzia di Pollenzo, a showcase of the finest wines in Italy, the ideal place to conjure up a historic memory of wine and the culture that surrounds it.

The Albergo dell’AgenziaA beautifully restored hotel with spacious, comfortable rooms and a vast park, all in harmony with the slow philosophy.

Ristorante Da GuidoBorn of the union of two of the Piedmont’s most renowned restaurants, Guido in Costigliole di Costigliole (Asti) and La Noce in Volpiano (Turin), this new restaurant will base its cuisine on simple technique and high quality raw materials. Tasting menus and à la carte dishes featuring the traditional cooking of Piedmont and seafood.

For information

Slow Food Press Office: Valter Musso, Alessandra Abbona, Paola Nano
Via della Mendicità Istruita 14 – 12042 Bra (Cuneo)
Tel. 0172 419615-666-645 – fax 0172 421293
e-mail: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

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