Brace Modern Italian Food with a Nordic Philosophy

Chef Nicola Fanetti runs the modern Italian restaurant Brace in the heart of Copenhagen. Fanetti has been inspired by the New Nordic movement ever since working at Noma – it was there he rediscovered his love for foraging and connecting with nature. Afterward, he decided to stay in Denmark and combine his Italian roots with a Nordic philosophy. His menu features neither pizza nor a lot of pasta, but all dishes point back to his motherland in some way. A lot of his inspiration comes from his time spent at his grandparents’ farm as a kid, where he first learned how to cook and fell in love with food and Italian cuisine.

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Modern Italian food with a Nordic philosophy.
Modern Italian food with a Nordic philosophy.

Norwegian baccala mantecato
Norwegian baccala mantecato
Salsify, lemon balm, and truffle
Salsify, lemon balm, and truffle
Aubergine meringue and Nordic herbs
Aubergine meringue and Nordic herbs
Signature carbonara snack
Signature carbonara snack
Trout carpaccio
Trout carpaccio
Bread and butter
Bread and butter
Los Besos Que te Robé – Orly Lumbreras Viñador
Los Besos Que te Robé – Orly Lumbreras Viñador
Beetroot and smoked goat ricotta
Beetroot and smoked goat ricotta
Bottoni ravioli, pineappleweed, tomato, and lobster
Bottoni ravioli, pineappleweed, tomato, and lobster
Porcini mushroom and Spanish chervil
Porcini mushroom and Spanish chervil
Aged potato and buttermilk
Aged potato and buttermilk
Quail, black garlic, and dill
Quail, black garlic, and dill
Strawberry grape sorbet and lovage
Strawberry grape sorbet and lovage
Pine shoot ice cream, yogurt mousse, and bee pollen tuile
Pine shoot ice cream, yogurt mousse, and bee pollen tuile

Restaurant Brace in Copenhagen

Apricot cookie and coffee
Apricot cookie and coffee
Chef Nicola Fanetti draws on childhood memories in his Italian cooking.
Chef Nicola Fanetti draws on childhood memories in his Italian cooking.

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