BIELMONTE, Italy — Leave formality out the door once you enter the Bucaneve hotel and restaurant.
New chef Giacomo Gallina comes to shake hands from the kitchen with a big smile and Anna Zegna, president of Fondazione Zegna, warmly talks about hospitality and conviviality. In contrast with the gleaming snow outside, the wooden planks and coffered ceilings, the big fireplace in the restaurant, the upholstery and curtains in soft Ermenegildo Zegna fabrics contribute to the welcome.
The restaurant at Bucaneve.
Gallina’s arrival at Bucaneve in December marks a new chapter for the resort, which was built in 1963 and designed by architect Luigi Vietti, who masterminded the luxurious Porto Cervo village on the Emerald Coast of Sardinia. Bucaneve is located in Bielmonte, a 90-minute drive from Milan, and is part of the Oasi Zegna, which was created starting in the Thirties by Ermenegildo Zegna, founder of the namesake luxury men’s wear group and is near its headquarters in Trivero. Surrounded by rhododendrons and half a million pine trees planted by Zegna at the Oasi, with views of the Alps, from the Monviso pyramid-shaped mountain to the Monte Rosa massif, Bucaneve is perched 1,500 meters above the sea overlooking the Po Valley.
Gallina, a student