Spaghetti With Octopus and Garlic made to serve.
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Spaghetti with octopus and garlic

December 15, 2021

The most talked about dish at Hotel Principe di Savoia’s Acanto Restaurant, is chef Buffolino’s signature octopus spaghetti. Inspired by a classic dish that brings to mind the taste of the sea, it keeps hungry diners coming back for more.
Alessandro Buffolino at Hotel Principe di Savoia

Chef Buffolini’s inspiration

Spaghetti with octopus is a typical Campania dish that harks back to maritime traditions. I cook my restaurant version by sous vide, to retain the flavour of the sea and keep the octopus soft. I also add a drop of vinegar to enhance the flavour. I was motivated to create my twist on this recipe using the philosophy of Italian writer Bruno Munari, who believed, “Complicating is easy, simplifying is difficult.”



400g spaghetti

200g octopus meat or a whole uncooked octopus

1 leek

2 carrots

2 sticks of celery

300ml white wine

2 cloves of garlic

A bouquet of parsley

Olive oil, salt, pepper and whole peppercorns


Serves 4

Details of spaghetti at Acanto Hotel Principe di Savoia Milan
Waiter in the restaurant


1. Prepare a cooking broth by roughly chopping the carrots, leek and celery and placing them in a large pan with the white wine, parsley, some peppercorns and the whole octopus. Cover with water and boil for around 40 minutes.

2. Cut the cooled octopus into small pieces or, for a more convenient option, simply chop some pre-cooked octopus. Add to a frying pan with some olive oil, pepper and two cloves of thinly chopped garlic until the octopus starts to brown slightly then turn off the heat.

3. Boil the spaghetti until al dente, drain and return it to the same cooking pan to let any excess water evaporate, before adding the octopus and garlic.

4. Add a little chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil before serving.

Buon appetito!

To enjoy chef Buffolino’s signature octopus dish cooked for you, come and take your place with us at Acanto Restaurant.

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