A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
Benito Carbonella was born in Nuoro, Sardinia, but moved away at a very young age,
first to Germany, then to Switzerland. He rose through the ranks of different hotels until reaching
the post of Restaurant Manager. In 1973 he returned to Sardinia to take up a post of teacher in a
Professional Training Center in Alghero.
In the same year a building became available in the historic centre of Alghero and he converted it
into the Al Tuguri restaurant, providing his interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine. The people of
Alghero, owing to their reluctance to eat in a place called hovel, initially gave Al Tuguri a
fairly frosty reception. But Benito slowly won them over, thanks to his mastery of presentation and
his ability to transform a mere lunch in a journey through the memory, to the rediscovery of foods
and recipes almost forgotten.
From this point on, in a soaring rise to stardom, his significant international influence on gastronomy
and his regular appearances on television have not stopped. As an example of this
he was invested as the Sardinian Catalans Ambassador of Cuisine, in 1994, and in the same year
he was also awarded Maitre Of The Year.
Alongside his presence on visual media, newspapers, specialist magazines and lately Internet
sites all pay homage with web pages, reviews,
articles and interviews. Also, in spite of Alghero not being a well known
haunt of the glitterati, Al Tuguri is a regular for entertainment celebrities
seeking the more reserved and exclusive eateries.
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