Chef Spotlight: Fulvio Valsecchi of Ristorante Divino, Columbia

By:Staff Writer


Chef Fulvio Valsecchi
Chef Fulvio Valsecchi of Ristorante Divino, Columbia

Born and raised in Lake Como, Italy, Chef Fulvio Valsecchi discovered his passion for cooking at a young age. At 16 years old, he began his culinary schooling in Milan. As his passion for cooking evolved, Fulvio’s studies took him to the Bahamas, where he created new and innovative dishes for Nassau Beach resorts, the Lyford Cay and renowned private clubs.

Fulvio brought his culinary talents to South Carolina in 1969 when his family relocated to Hilton Head Island. There he became the executive chef for Sea Pines Plantation, where he prepared dishes for such renowned guests as then Vice President Gerald Ford. In 1976 Fulvio opened his first restaurant in Hilton Head, which he and his family successfully owned and operated for several years. Upon the success of his Hilton Head restaurant, Fulvio and his family moved to Columbia where he established Ristorante Divino.

Located in the historic Vista area of Columbia, Ristorante Divino offers diners an authentic taste of Northern Italy in a variety of dishes featuring veal, duck and homemade pasta. The menu also boasts a remarkably large wine collection and has won the Wine Spectator award since 2002. Guests can expect to enjoy an upscale dining experience in a relaxing atmosphere.

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