Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Feb 25, 2016 - Just in time for primavera – the spring season, when life begins anew – Park Hyatt Seoul brings Cornerstone: Cucina Italiana back to Seoul. A top to bottom renovation, led by Super Potato, the ultra-cool Japanese design firm, carries dining forward to the latest in luxury: Exquisite Italian food, inspired partly by the mezzogiorno—southern Italy–without the pretense. Luxury seekers want the power on the plate, served with alacrity in relaxing rooms where people feel as if they are dining in a home among friends. Here at Cornerstone, that effect is achieved with floor to ceiling windows, natural wood, plenty of stone, subdued lighting, an open kitchen, and quiet buzz. The chefs are on display, and not the guests. In addition to the dining room, private space is available for greater intimacy. Wait staff adopt the Italian way of service: La dolce vita—the sweet life—means service that is joyful, intelligent, well-informed, and focused on providing guests with beautiful food and memorable experience.
“A tavola non s’invecchia”: “No one grows old at the table,” is an Italian saying, and it means that dining is even more than food. A meal in Italy is convivial, a deep appreciation of friendship and nature, respect for slowing down, and recognition that few experiences are as memorable as taking time to be with friends and family without an aim in sight other than to give and enjoy gustatory pleasure.
At Cornerstone, Chef Massimiliano Ziano with his team creates dishes that conjure up the feeling one has when in Italy: Simplicity is the hallmark of all of the Italian regions, and that is achieved through the use of seasonal products that are served such that they taste the way they do in nature:
• Chef Ziano’s use of Piedmontese beef–razza bovina Piemontese–, exclusive to the restaurant, provides guests with steaks that have less marbling and a delicious, refined, unique, grass fed taste.
• Fish delivered daily from Jeju, such as, depending on the season: Mackerel, herring, halibut, yellowtail, sea bass, gulbi, skate fish, and an array of shellfish. One main reason why Italian food in Korea can taste better than in Italy is because of the seas. Unlike Italy, which relies upon depleted waters of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Korea has a vast ocean to enjoy. The marriage of Italian technique with Korean products yields spectacular food.
• First-rate Italian cheeses, from 28-month aged parmigiano to Tuscan pecorino to beautiful, creamy gorgonzola in the north. One hundred year old balsamic, syrupy and rich in flavor. Olive oil from great, small producers. Pasta fatta in casa—made in house—prepared al ragu so that cooking in the sauce adds to the experience of taste. Ciabatta, which means “the slipper,” bread which originated in the Veneto, will be baked twice-daily.
Saluti! or Geonbae!: With a wine list of over five hundred producers, making it one of Seoul’s best, Cornerstone offers guests every opportunity to enjoy the perfect accompaniment to Italian food. In addition, the restaurant has an eclectic range of Italian sodas, beers, and coffees. Guests can enjoy Vancheri coffee, for example, a premium Italian blend from Caltanissetta in Sicily. For those who want to learn more and drink a variety, Cornerstone has over 40 different wines by the glass. Utilizing state-of-the-art argon gas preservation, the enomatic system prevents wine from being altered by oxygen and protects its taste, aroma, body and color integrity. The bar also offers the largest selection of Italian bitters & digestives in the city as well as a large variety of grappa, dessert wines, and many other Italian liqueurs. To say nothing of signature cocktails.
Cornerstone, in essence, is the real deal: Not a knock-off, not a place where corners are cut, but a restaurant where Italians, famous for being very particular about what they deem to be authentic, feel at home. Eat here and you’ll feel what they feel. Food to savor.
Italians also enjoy becoming abituale—regulars–at their favorite restaurants, and with good pricing and solid value, Cornerstone is an inviting luxury experience that makes eating here affordable. It’s luxury without a kick in the pants. This really is the future of fine dining.
Cornerstone: cucina Italiana offers a buffet-style breakfast, plus à la carte and set menus for lunch and dinner. À la carte items start at KRW 12,000; pastas from KRW 20,000; meat and fish plates from KRW 34,000; lunch sets from KRW 48,000; and dinner sets from KRW 79,000.
In celebration of its reopening, Cornerstone is offering dinner guests a free Vancheri – Italian premium coffee – when ordering dessert, available from February 25 to May 31, 2016.
■ Cornerstone Operation hours: Everyday 06:30 AM ~ 10:00PM
– Breakfast: 06:30 AM – 10:30AM
– Lunch: 11:30AM – 02:30PM
– Dinner: 06:00PM – 10:00PM
• Information & Reservations: (02) 2016-1220
* Prices include 10% government tax. No service charge applies.
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