Milanese by birth but Piedmontese by family and training, Andrea Ribaldone grew up in the kitchens of Riccardo Aiachini, founder of Ristorante La Fermata in Alessandria, where he obtained his first Michelin Star in 2003. After working with the famous French chef Alain Senderens in Paris at the restaurant Lucas Carton and being executive chef at Eataly Tokyo, in 2012 he founded ARCO srl, a restaurant management company and, in 2014, opened the restaurant I Due Buoi in Alessandria, awarded a Michelin Star in December 2015. On the occasion of Expo Milano 2015, he leads the restaurant Identità Expo San Pellegrino, in collaboration with Magenta Bureau. From 2016, he’s coordinating, in collaboration with Domenico Schingaro, the six restaurants of Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, among the best hospitality venues in Italy and, in March 2017, opened Osteria Arborina in the hamlet of Annunziata di La Morra, rated ‘Best Performance of the Year’ by the Guida de l’Espresso dei Ristoranti d’Italia 2018 and awarded a Michelin Star just nine months after opening. At this point, he started his collaboration with the Autogrill Group, and began his consultancy with Ristorante Lino in Pavia, a project in continuous evolution that was awarded 1 Star in the Michelin Guide Italy 2023.
From September 2018, he is also responsible for all catering at Identità Golose Milano, the first international food hub.
In 2021, he starts working as F&B manager for the Aries Group at Villa Pamphili in Rome, at the hotel De Len in Cortina and as FB consultant and mentor chef of the new luxury project at Nordelaia, in Monferrato.
In 2022, he starts consulting for the opening of Portrait Milano, Lungarno Collection.
Giovanna Navassa, born in 1987, during her studies in Law and International Relations, began her experience in the field of communication as editor-in-chief of the F&B section of an online luxury lifestyle magazine.
In 2014 she worked for the Italian Institute of Culture in San Francisco (California) dealing with online and offline marketing, social media and organization of cultural events.
In 2015 she specialized in social media management by the offices of the European Commission in Milan and, in the same year, she founded the brand CJPFood in collaboration with the British chef Charles Pearce for the organization of food events, consulting and private cheffing.
In 2018 she provided marketing consultancy for the opening of a new restaurant in Barcelona (La Cocina Sitges).
From October 2018 she started her collaboration with Arco srl.
Salvatore, born in 1973, graduated in Agricultural Sciences with a Master in International Cooperation and in Executive Hotel Management. From 2005 to 2012 he was responsible for the tourism and promotion of typical products for the Province of Alessandria.
In 2012 he founded, together with Andrea Ribaldone, Arco srl. Since 2012 he has been working alongside Andrea Ribaldone in all the company’s consultancy and restaurant management activities (JSH Group, Hotel Alli Due Buoi Rossi in Alessandria, I Due Buoi Restaurant, Hotel Marepineta Resort, Ristorante Lino).
In 2015, for the entire period of the Milan Universal Exposition, he coordinated the assignment of F&B services obtained by Arco srl for the operational management of Identità Expo San Pellegrino restaurant.
In the same year he founded JAR, a company specializing in restaurant management which is headed by the Arborina tavern (Michelin star since 2017).
From 2018 he participates in the establishment of the management company of Identità Golose Milano and takes care of the Identità Formazione Milano project.