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Italian News - May 6

An award winning Italian chef has become a chum of pampered dogs everywhere by devising cordon bleu “canine recipes”. Bruno Barbieri, of the Michelin-starred Arquade restaurant at the Villa del Quar, a 16th-century hotel at Pedemonte, near Verona, said the recipes were so good that you could share them with your dog. “You eat them at the table, he eats them from his bowl.”

Signor Barbieri, 44, who honed his culinary skills on cruise ships before moving to the hotel amid the vineyards of Valpolicella, has created 51 “sophisticated recipes for dogs and their owners”. He said he his own dog, a schnauzer named Alima, had enjoyed them all.

There are recipes “for seasonal freshness and variation” with special dishes for Christmas and birthdays, human or canine. They are in a book Mangiare da Cani (Eat Like a Dog), edited by Renzo Chiesa, a photographer, and Mario D’Adda, an advertising executive, both dog lovers.