With more than a decade of experience, Alice – pronounced ‘Ah-lee-chay’ – Garretti is the go-to girl when it comes to hospitality. Currently, she’s in charge of catering throughout New York and the Hamptons for her family business, Acquolina, which has supplied mouthwatering menus for clients ranging from Dior to Google. At home, Alice relies on interesting details to bring her table to life: at the moment, Flora Danica plates and The Sette’s vegetable cutlery rests are on her wishlist. While she doesn’t consider herself a dab hand in the kitchen, Alice loves Swiss chef Daniel Humm’s inventive recipes, preferably served alongside Läderach chocolate – and a good Martini…
My Thermomix. It’s literally six appliances in one – it mixes, steams, weighs, chops, cooks and gives you step by step instructions.
I always get a tonne of inspiration from Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook. His food is fresh and always creatively presented, fine dining but not stuffy.
Olives for my martinis.
It’s hard to choose just one, everything is so in line with my aesthetic! The Vegetable Cutlery Rests are super cute – I love to add details to my tablescapes that you only really notice once you sit down. It’s like layering surprises, to keep things interesting.
My husband is in the restaurant business and each time he opens a new place it’s like birthing another child. I think that the first meal we have at any of the restaurants is always a memorable one, because it’s the culmination of so much hard work, time and dedication.
A bottle of wine from our vineyard in Tuscany, Fattoria Sardi.
Al Garghet in Milan, they have the best Veal Milanese in the world.
Läderach chocolate. They sell it by the slab and it’s beautifully displayed in decadent piles of multi-coloured deliciousness.
Ossobuco, saffron risotto cake, frisée with hen of the wood mushroom and lemon Caprese torte. The perks of my job…!
Besides Italy (which is a given), Careyes in Mexico has been the most amazing place that I’ve visited recently.
I don’t really cook. I know a lot about food, wine and cooking techniques, my life revolves around food, but I leave the actual cooking to our chefs.
Sunset forever, I am a night owl.
Flora Danica plates from Royal Copenhagen. Maybe it’s the old lady in me, but I absolutely love them! I think I’m not the only one because they go for crazy amounts every time I try to buy them at auction.