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Umberto Bombana
King of White Truffle

In January 2010, chef Bombana returned with his most distinctive and personal project ever, namely 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, and promises to his most fanciful masterpiece yet. Like Fellini’s movie, it is destined to be an unforgettable experience for anyone lucky enough to go on the maestro’s artistic journey with him.  After only few months, the restaurant has been awarded with two Michelin stars: a huge incentive to keep searching the highest quality. The third star arrived in December 2011, and 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA became the first Italian restaurant outside Italy to deserve this high recognition until today.


Native of Bergamo in Northern Italy, he was trained at Centro di Formazione Alberghiera and apprenticed under the talented Ezio Santin at Antica Osteria del Ponte. In 1983, he joined the famous Rex Il Ristorante in Los Angeles, where he worked with other top chefs such as Gianfranco Vissani, Michel Rostang and Pinuccio Alia. In 1993, Bombana moved to Hong Kong to open Toscana of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.


His signature talent reached an unprecedented level of prestige when Bombana was awarded Worldwide Ambassador of the White Truffle in 2006 by the Piedmontese Regional Enoteca Cavour.