The Key to Chef’s concept for Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen is his appreciation and respect for ingredients and recognition of the role they play in everyday cooking. “There really is no such thing as ‘Italian cooking’ per se,” he says, noting that the distinctive cuisines of myriad regions across Italy are all a product of their local ingredients and their family traditions. “Growing up in Italy, I was spoiled by that knowledge from an early age. I probably learned to appreciate more than I should have and that made me so picky in selecting quality products and shaped me into the Chef I am today.”
While the menu at Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen offers traditional dishes, Chef Fargione takes them to another level with his personal and creative interpretation—offering diners “visual fun and diversity without altering the original taste of the dish,” he explains. “In the end, there must be a delicate balance on the plate and on the palate.”
Born and raised in Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region in northern Italy, Chef Enzo developed a love of cooking from his mother at an early age. His talents took him to The Culinary Institute of Turin at the age of 14, where he finished at the top of his class. Following school, he worked in famous local restaurants before alighting to become Chef de Cuisine for Chef Roberto Donna’s flagship restaurant Galileo in Washington D.C. in 1986.
Five years later he began earning local and national recognition as Chef/operating partner of various Italian restaurants in the Nation’s Capital including Barolo, Teatro Goldoni, and ELISIR and Osteria Elisir Restaurants.
Throughout his career Chef Enzo was honored as “One of four Chefs to watch in the USA in 2008” by Esquire Magazine, recipient of several local and national awards, he earned multiple-star ratings from local and national publications, catapulting him to the top of the Italian fine-dining scene across America.
“I am humbled to have been entrusted with the wonderful opportunity to transform the dining scene of The Woodlands by opening the eyes and palates of hotel guests, passing travelers, and area residents with authentic Italian regional cuisine,” Chef Fargione said. “I’m happy to be part of a great family, and look forward to growing Sorriso Restaurant into a true food Mecca destination.”