How World-Renowned Chef Massimo Bottura Vegetarian-Slayed His Wife

Being a vegetarian food enthusiast is challenging enough, but a vegetarian married to an Italian chef? Fuhgettaboutit.

Massimo Bottura once held the fourth slot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for his Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. But, undoubtedly, his greatest achievement is flipping his once-vegetarian American wife Lara Gilmore, right? Of course.

The first time she went to Italy with him in 1993, he softened her up with her first-ever glass of Lambrusco (nice touch, Bottura), before presenting her with a plate full of cold cuts announcing, “Welcome to Modena!”

“I realized I had to dive in or I wasn’t going to have any fun,” she told The Independent. She soon found herself swept up in Italy’s snout-to-tail culinary traditions, and at that point…what are you going to do? She added of her Chris Cosentino Moment In The Sun (an official culinary experience, in our opinions):

It was a difficult introduction, but the thing about Italy is, if you’re going to understand the culture, you understand it through the food more than anything else, and you can’t say no at the dinner table. There are some things I eat now which I never, ever would have imagined eating. One is coppa di testa, which is a pork cold cut made with everything that nobody else wants. They literally take the head of the pig and boil it. I have witnessed it being made and it amazes me that I can still eat it.

…Bacon, anyone?

[The Independent]

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