Il Grifone

The charm and timeless beauty of Palazzo Bentivoglio characterize the most sophisticated culinary corner of the resort: the Il Grifone restaurant. The original gourmet dishes prepared at Il Grifone are the result of a careful and wise interpretation of the tradition combined with creative cuisine and locally-sourced ingredients. The choice of food pairings is meticulous and can satisfy the most demanding palates while respecting the original taste of the products and their nutritional properties.

"Each dish is born from the encounter between the 0 km raw materials grown at Palazzo di Varignana and my childhood memories, which trigger an ever new creative process.

The resort's vegetable garden is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and the vegetable element has become, over time, more and more central to the preparation of my menus: thanks to research and experimentation, I have understood its infinite expressive potential, to the point of creating an entirely vegetable-based tasting menu.

Cooking for me is also a game: each dish is a concentrate of contrasting flavours and textures. The study of ever different techniques, such as drying or fermentation, allow me to enhance and utilise the raw material as much as possible, preserving all its nutritional characteristics and avoiding waste". Francesco Manograsso - Head Chef Il Grifone

Head Chef Il Grifone

Francesco Manograsso

Born in Calabria then adopted by Emilia-Romagna, he comes from a family of restaurateurs, from whom he inherited curiosity and passion for cooking. After several important experiences in 4- and 5-star hotels on the Romagna Riviera, he arrived in Bologna at Ristorante Bitone, an icon of traditional cuisine, and then moved on to the brigade of the Neoclassical Restaurant at the Royal Carlton Hotel. It was his meeting with Michelin-starred Chef Vincenzo Cammerucci that brought out his ability to think outside the box, starting from local raw materials to create new dishes and combinations in search of the most authentic taste. An internship at the famous starred restaurant Schoneck in Alto Adige completes his training.

Francesco arrived at Palazzo di Varignana in 2014 and in 2016 became Head Chef of the fine dining restaurant "Il Grifone".


Opening hours

Open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm


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