Executive Chef at La Pergola since 1994, Heinz Beck has been the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement throughout a long and prestigious career. The menu at La Pergola is his greatest achievement to date – innovative and exciting while maintaining a respect for culinary tradition and remembering that great cooking is about fresh ingredients handled with sensitivity and passion. ‘I want’, Beck says, ‘to transmit emotions through a balance of aromas, flavors and colors’. Like the Rome Cavalieri and La Pergola, Heinz is very much a part of Roman culture and society. In 2000 he was presented with the Gold Medal of the Foyer of Artists Award, an International Honor from La Sapienza University of Rome. It was the first time that the award was given to a chef.
La Pergola Wine Cellars
Winner of the “Grand Award” from the Wine Spectator since 2004, over 60, 000 bottles, about 3, 500 labels, a cellar divided into a number of individually air-conditioned areas, a collection on a vast scale, wines from 1888 to the present day, cult wines: these are just some of the factors that make the cellar of La Pergola unique. It has received recognition worldwide, thanks to its “curator” Marco Reitano who has been awarded the Oscar del Vino, as the best Italian sommelier: his wine cellar is a masterpiece of absolute excellence which is not to be missed.