Cesare Battisti

Milano - Lombardia

Cesare Battisti

Cesare Battisti, chef at Ratanà restaurant in Milan, is known for his cuisine that reinterprets Lombard tradition with modern techniques and a strong commitment to sustainability. His restaurant has become a benchmark for contemporary Italian cuisine.


Cesare Battisti was born in Milan in 1971 and developed a passion for cooking from a young age. After working in various restaurants in Europe, he returned to Milan to focus on traditional Milanese gastronomy. In 2009 he opened Ratanà, located in the Porta Nuova district, an area undergoing rapid transformation due to new urban developments.

The Ratanà restaurant is distinguished by its use of excellent raw materials from small local producers and its focus on issues of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Battisti is known for his ability to reinterpret traditional Lombard dishes from a modern perspective, using innovative techniques and careful research of raw materials. His signatures include “Risotto alla Milanese,” reinterpreted in a modern key with the “Alla Vecchia Milano” version, cassoeula, mondeghili and various freshwater fish dishes, reflecting his dedication to the cuisine of memory.

Not only that, Battisti is involved in numerous initiatives to promote the quality of Italian cuisine. Since 2016, he has held the position of secretary general of the association “Ambassadors of Taste,” through which he is committed to the promotion and enhancement of quality cuisine and Made in Italy excellence in the world. He also collaborates with several nonprofit organizations to support the values of sustainability and proper nutrition.

His cuisine is a perfect balance between memory and modernity, with dishes that evoke memories and emotions linked to his childhood and the traditions of the area.


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