Luigi Veronelli (1926-2004)
Born in Milan in 1926, Veronelli’s career took off as a publisher and a writer in 1956 with the publication of three magazines, each a leader in its own domain; I Problemi del Socialismo (The Problems of Socialism), Il Pensiero (The Thought); he has studied and teached Philosophy) and Il Gastronomo (The Gastronomist).
Veronelli’s success secured his position as a food and wine connoisseur, which started with his writings on the newspaper Il Giorno (in 1962), and was further confirmed by his decisive meeting with Luigi Carnacina, renowned gourmet and maitre of legendary skill and fame. He worked closely together with him for almost twenty years, learning the potential of Italian cuisine directly from the kitchens of the top hotels and restaurants of the time, where he discovered the importance of associating a great dish with the correct wine.
They wrote together some of the most important books on Italian cuisine: Il Carnacina, La Grande Cucina, La Cucina Rustica Regionale, Mangiare all’Italiana.
Veronelli worked for some of Italy’s most prestigious Italian newspapers, journals and magazines, such as Il Giorno (the first one, from 1962 to 1983), Corriere della Sera, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Capital, Class, Panorama, L’Espresso, Week-End, Il Vino, Il Sommelier, as well as many non-Italian publications including Travel, Wine Spectator, Decanter, Carta Brazil, Gran Reserva magazines.
He has also been involved with various television broadcasts on food and wine (the four most famous: A Tavola alle 7, about ten years, Viaggio Sentimentale nell’Italia dei Vini, La Meridiana, Il Bel Mangiare).
His in-depth knowledge on food and wine was further increased by a series of studies and research concerning the art of wine making and gastronomy. This resulted in the publication of the various “Cataloghi” (catalogues) on both Italian and World wines, on Spirits, on Spumanti (sparkling wines) & Champagne, on Extra-Virgin Olive Oils, on Spirits, on Romano Levi label’s (he is a Grappa producer and a painter; he drawed all his labels). He has been Director of following magazines: Vini e Liquori, L’Etichetta, Il Sommelier, Veronelli EV. His last work is I Semi-I Protagonisti delle culture materiali (The Seeds). It’s a collection of biography dedicated to men and women who dedicated their life to the agriculture and their land.
He died in 2004 after a very long, successfull and long lasting career.