Four Seasons Hotel Seoul welcomes Marco Erba as new head chef of Italian restaurant, Boccalino

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul welcomes Marco Erba as new head chef of Italian restaurant, Boccalino

Seoul, Korea, 2022-Mar-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotel Seoul has appointed Marco Erba as the new head chef of Boccalino, an Italian restaurant located on the second floor.  By welcoming a chef with extensive global culinary experience, the Hotel is aiming to enhance its menu quality and expand the usage of premium products, as well as interactions with guests.

After graduating from ALMA (The International School of Italian Cuisine), Chef Erba gained culinary experience at several Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels including Urbane and The Euro in Brisbane, Australia.  Working as a chef all over the world, from Italy to China and Qatar, he established himself as a talented global chef.

Chef Erba plans to showcase his own Italian dishes by utilizing quality local seasonal ingredients.  As Italian cuisine does not usually feature several ingredients in one dish, the chef believes that the ingredients are the most important part of any Italian dish.  “Korea has many good ingredients across four distinct seasons, including agricultural products, beef and pork.  I would like to present Italian dishes that embody this quality local seasonal produce,” says Chef Marco Erba.

He is also passionate about studying new ingredients and food.  As soon as he came to Seoul, he tried various Korean foods such as tteokbokki, mung bean pancake, dumpling soup and noodles at a traditional market, and also tried cooking himself at home.

Chef Erba also believes that chefs need to communicate with guests, as they are the ones who enjoy the dishes.  Whenever he gets the time, he tries to come out of the kitchen and listen to guests’ feedback.  Based on the philosophy “I only serve the food that I enjoy,” he strictly controls the quality and taste of his dishes.

With his experience living in many regions in Italy, he plans to present authentic Italian cuisine from various regions using his own recipes.  The chef will also share his expertise and knowledge of authentic Italian cuisine with the Boccalino team so that all chefs can consistently create authentic dishes for our guests.

Alejandro Bernabe, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, states, “As a veteran chef with more than ten years of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels in Europe and Asia, he is well known for his talent in the industry.  He even successfully opened Il Galante Italian Restaurant at Banyan Tree Doha in Qatar as a pre-opening team member amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and I believe he will take Boccalino’s offerings to the next level.”

Chef Marco Erba introduces the following menu items:

  • Carpaccio tonnato is the creative combination of two Italian dishes of vitello tonnato (cold sliced veal) and carpaccio from the Northwestern Piedmont region.
  • Gnocchi alla Siciliana, a traditional Sicilian dish of macaroni pasta in tomato sauce with eggplant, cheese, and basil in a gnocchi style
  • Guancia di manzo alla Milanese braised beef cheek dish inspired from Chef Erba’s hometown, Milan

The new menu is available from March 23 to June 21, 2022, and priced from KRW 34,000 to KRW 120,000 (including VAT).

Boccalino, located on the 2nd floor of Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, is the Italian restaurant decorated with sun-drenched marble walls, gleaming metal accents and cognac leather banquettes.  Through its open kitchen, guests can enjoy the chef’s dynamic cooking right before their eyes.

  • Reservations: 02-6388-5500


Rebekah Lee
Marketing Communications Manager
97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul, 100-210
82 2 6388 5043

Source: Four Seasons Hotels & Resort