Ferdinando BERNARDI*

Chef Ferdinando Bernardi: Italian haute cuisine on Spanish soil



  • 1 Star chef at Casa Bernardi restaurant
  • Only Italian Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain
  • Italian character dishes made with Spanish ingredients

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Born in Rimini (Emilia-Romagna, Italy), gastronomy has always been in his blood: he grew up inside the kitchen at his father’s restaurant, La Tramontana. At only 13 years old, he was already responsible for the pizzeria. Beyond the family business, his professional career, began in his native Rimini, at the Embassy restaurant, with Chefs Emanuele Barberini and Fabio Rossi, and later, at the Executive Hotel in Cesenatico. Later, he moved for a year to Thailand, where he served as a nutritional educator at the Lamsai Pathumthani school. In 2008 he was the second chef at Dolomieu restaurant (DV Chalet, Madonna di Campiglio, Trentino, Italy), which
obtained a Michelin star in 2013. In his desire to discover new cultures, techniques and gastronomic aspects from the rest of the world, during these years, Bernardi has also collaborated in international projects: in London, at Julie’s restaurant, with the Neapolitan Chef Agostino Esposito; in Lyon, with Chef Davy Tissot at the Paul Bocuse Institute School of Management, Restoration and Culinary Arts; as a consultant for the Pane Caldo restaurant in Chicago and Moonshadows (Malibu, Los Angeles, California) and, more recently, he has coordinated the opening of Oliver’s Osteria (Laguna Beach, California). From 2015 to 2021 he was the Head Chef of Orobianco, in Calpe, where he captured his idea of fine dining Italian cuisine in Spain. In 2019 Orobianco received its first Michelin star, becoming the only Italian restaurant with a Michelin star in Spain. In February 2020, he also received a “Sol” recognition
from Guia Repsol. Casa Bernardi in Benissa is his personal project, his home and his challenge that already has a Sol Repsol (2023) and a Michelin Star (2024).

Casa Bernardi is an authentic Italian restaurant, located in Benissa (Alicante), where chef Ferdinando Bernardi will welcome you as if you were in his home. As soon as you enter the restaurant you will understand what the word ‘Italianità’ means: The real Italian hospitality.
Tradition and innovation come together at Casa Bernardi to create a familiar, cozy and warm
atmosphere in our dining room but also on our luminous terrace with sea views.
Using local products and local raw materials, Ferdinando and his team prepare Italian dishes to get closer to their roots from this side of the Mediterranean Sea. Fishermen and farmers are part of the value chain of Casa Bernardi, because we give importance to KM 0 and sustainability.




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