Manifesto- Italian with a Nordic Twist!
Brace is where Northern Italy meets Scandinavia. We are a kitchen of Italians, who are in love with the Nordic way of doing things.
Keeping it Simple- Quality is Everything
Regardless of whether it’s Italian, Nordic or both, our approach at Brace is always to accentuate the quality and flavours of the produce we use. Our dishes are simple, our atmosphere is cosy and our service is friendly.
We work with local farmers and foragers, and we import wine from some of the lesser known, natural producers all around Europe. We are inspired by our grandmothers, each other, and the world around us.
“I grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy, close to the Swiss border. It was in Italy where I began my life as a chef. As a young boy I taught myself to cook in my mother’s kitchen, and when I was 19, I got a place at ALMA (la Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana) where I learnt the techniques that the Italian cuisine is founded on.
When I moved to Denmark in 2011, I was surprised to find that the local produce was quite similar to what I grew up with in Northern Italy. What was new to me however, is the way in which kitchens like Noma were designing their menus around the produce of forest, making use of Denmark’s wild ingredients wherever possible. I became hooked and ever since I have been exploring and experimenting with wild ingredients in my new homeland.
I find that Nordic cooking is very much about experimentation – there are no rules. Italian cooking is the opposite. Of course Italians play with flavour, but we have established ways doing things, based on traditions that have been passed down over centuries. I love combining the two mindsets – taking a traditional Italian dish, and using new methods or unlikely ingredients to give it a Nordic twist.”
– Head Chef and Co-Founder Nicola Fanetti