(ES) When Messina restaurant in the city centre of Marbella achieved its highly merited Michelin star, it was testimony to more than just its excellent culinary offerings, whipped up by Chef, Mauricio Giovanini, with love, curiosity and a passion for long, slow, exquisite cooking processes.
It was also a symbol of the excellent customer service which Messina has built a reputation for, thanks to the keen eye, warmth and sensitivity of Pía Ninci, maître d’ of the restaurant and also Mauricio’s wife.
It seems like not so long ago that the young couple opened their restaurant, keen to bring experimental food to a savvy group of diners. Mauricio and Pía hail from Argentina and when they first arrived in Marbella, they were enticed by Spain’s reputation for cutting-edge cuisine.
They sought to be part of the culinary movement that was taking the world by storm. Both Mauricio and Pía studied to become Chefs, though Pía’s undoubted passion always lay in dealing with customers and making their dining experience unforgettable.
Much has changed since the early days.
Pía is now a mum of three, busily juggling the successful business with the needs of her children (Tiago aged nine, Luz aged six, and Emilia, just four months). Thankfully, Pía is highly organised so she ensures she has enough quality time with the children.