Ciro Mattera is Il Saturnino’s chef and free spirit. He has always been looking for flavours that take him back to his childhood.
He defines himself as a “frying pan” chef, because, in his dishes, his handiwork is present in every aspect of the cooking and presentation, including the bread, which is Il Saturnino’s pride and joy.
Journalist Gianni Mura, in an article that made him famous among lovers of “local” gastronomy, called Ciro “the genius of simplicity”.
Ciro comes from a very large family with 12 children. His mother cooked 5 or 6 meals a day, and every day it is she to whom he dedicates his passionate, solitary work in the kitchen, bringing to life simple, luxurious meals.
When he first entered his restaurant in 1997, Ciro’s curiosity was aroused, as he wanted to understand more about music, about food, and to become more open to the world.
Over the course of twenty years he has grown alongside his restaurant. He has become wholly different and has changed the way he thinks about catering.