This year, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort will reopen its signature restaurant, Cucina with a new exciting concept. The recently revamped Cucina offers an invigorating new look, a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere, an Italian head chef – Chef Patrizia Battolu to lead the culinary team and a new zero-waste concept uniform. Cucina welcomes guests to its newly built imposing entrance, elegant bar areas, and a very new mozzarella pizza bar side by side with its unique copper “beech” oven. All these elements blend in a perfect harmony of senses from the beautiful mixes of warm colour to the essence of Italian cuisine and music. The new concept of Cucina will instantly remind you of the surrounding nature as reflected through several elements of its interior design. The element of the sea is exhibited throughout the restaurant with different shades of blues and exquisite patterns on the uniform, hanging fabric on the ceiling and curtain. Meanwhile, the artisan-made tiles from Ubud, which are mostly in terracotta, represent the element of the earth. Subsequently, the individually crafted tableware from one of Bali’s most established ceramic producers, Kevala Ceramics, is mainly green to represent the element of lush green grass-covered mountains and forests.
The freshly cooked Italian-Mediterranean cuisines by our kitchen’s artisans led by the new Italian head chef, Patrizia Battolu, offer a vast selection of fine delight starring fresh local ingredients and authentic Italian flavour. Embark on a journey through absolutely diverse foods and beverages, from apertini (starter) to dolci (dessert), from salad to cannoli. Not only you can find a cheese platter on the menu, but also an extensive range of Italian delicacies such as the Chef’s recommendations Spigola Alla Marinara, Frutti Di Mare Pizza, and Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola. Simultaneously, quench the thirst and enjoy a selection of uniquely crafted cocktails and best Italian wines. Enjoy this magnifique unlimited-to-order authentic Italian delicacies, every day for lunch and dinner, and every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm for brunch.
Captaining the artisans in Cucina is Chef Patrizia Battolu, whom is no stranger to Asia. Born and raised in South Italy among a passionate family about food diversity. For the past decade she has been living in China and Thailand before embarking on a journey to the island of the gods in Bali – Indonesia. During which she has been exploring Italian-Mediterranean cuisines while adapting to the local culture and taste buds. The fact that she is originally from South Italy is aligned with the concept of Cucina which serves Italian-Mediterranean cuisines and interior design that is inspired by the invigorating natural scenery of Amalfi on the southwest coast of Italy.
Having Chef Patrizia as a woman in a leadership position is aligned with Accor’s commitment to a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Meanwhile, in an effort to support the local communities and Sofitel’s CSR programme, Cucina also reveals handcrafted and sustainable uniforms designed by an Indonesian artisan, while the tiles are handcrafted by artisans from Ubud. Apart from being Sofitel’s CSR programme, these initiatives also allow Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort to contribute and be part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) movement.
Ultimately, Cucina’s uniforms are designed by Adrie Basuki, a mindful Indonesian artisan who specialises in using crafty “kain perca” and recycled cotton rayon for a minimum environmental impact. The colour and pattern of the new uniform are inspired by the sky and ocean view of Positano village on the southern Amalfi coast in Italy.
The revamped Cucina with its invigorating new look and concept will be launched during the reopening events on 28 August 2022 and soon after it is open for in-house and non-staying guests.