We asked him how big of a role tradition plays in his work. He answered that it has a huge role in the choice of ingredients and basic pairings, then given a modern twist. He always pursues innovation in techniques, though with an approach of simplicity and lightness in exalting the flavor of the components of each dish.
It comes as no surprise that Stabile says the primary ingredient in his dishes is extra virgin olive oil, which is the true hallmark of Tuscan cuisine, giving each dish a special quality in its different varieties.
Marco Stabile has traveled at length and brought back from every trip ideas and techniques to be applied and re-conceived for his inventions. What is it that makes Italian cuisine so unique and beloved worldwide? He answers that, without question, it is the quality of the ingredients, the excellence of our foods (tomatoes, mozzarella, meats) combined with the technical skill in making the most of them to serve a clean, light dish.
A procession of stars and luminaries have sat at his tables and appreciated his inventions, from Hillary Clinton who simply enjoyed one of his artistic caprese salads, to Radiohead who enlivened an enormously convivial evening. We asked him who his ideal couple of guests would be. After a moment of hesitation, the answer is easy, yet sophisticated, modern, yet age-old, just like his cooking: Marilyn Monroe, the icon of female sensuality par excellence, to whom he would of course serve only Crystal, and Gioacchino Rossino, who it turns out was a sophisticated gourmet ahead of his time.