Antonia Klugmann was born is Trieste in 1979. Just halfway through her law degree she fell in love with cuisine.
After a few experiences as an intern in various restaurants in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto, in 2006, at the young age of 27, she opens l’Antico Foledor Conte Lovaria next to Udine. Then, in 2012, she starts working in Venice as Chef of the Il Ridotto restaurant and after that, at the Michelin Starred Venissa.
In December 2014 she opens L’Argine a Vencò, in Dolegna del Collio (Gorizia) next to the Slovenian border. In 2015 the restaurant is selected as “Novelty of the Year” for the Gambero Rosso Guide and also wins a Michelin Star. In 2016 Antonia is appointed as the “Best Woman Chef” for Identità Golose and the next year she wins the same title for the Guida dell’Espresso. In 2019 l’Argine a Vencò is reviewed with “4 Cappelli” from the Guida dell’Espresso.
Antonia’s work draws inspiration from the identity of local products, without discarding external influences. L’Argine a Vencò is a small restaurant in the countryside with the world at its horizon. The territory, seasons and vegetables are the backbone of her cuisine. The beauty of the surrounding landscape, her vegetable garden and the vineyards and her biggest source of inspiration.
Working in the countryside means having an immense respect of the territory and its origins. Avoiding waste is a big priority. For this reason her grocery shopping is targeted and the number of guests is contained.
Thanks to her creativity and expertise no part of an ingredient gets waisted.
Antonia gets often invited at events in Italy and abroad to tell her story about her kitchen and the border area from where she comes from.
She has been invited as a guest in various television programs such as “A Mind of a Chef” and “Master of Photography”; she was also one of the judges in the 7th season of Masterchef Italia. She published her first book “Di Cuore Di Coraggio” where she illustrates her story and collects her key recipes from her carrier.
[foto di Mattia Mionetto]