Dieci- a fine-dining Italo-Bulgarian restaurant in Devino

Gianfranco Chiarini and his wife Anna, renowned chefs who have opened over 200 restaurants in 114 countries worldwide, began their journey to Bulgaria in 2015. They were invited as guest chefs to a culinary festival in Bansko and their love of the Bulgarian countryside led them to buy an old abandoned school in the picturesque village of Devino, which covers 480 square metres.

Working with the mayor of the village, they set about transforming the school into a unique business: Dieci, a mix of fine dining restaurant and their home. They placed great emphasis on sustainability and only sourced organic produce from small local farmers, which defines the ethos of the restaurant.

Their stories on social media generated a lot of interest and attracted bookings from Bulgaria, London, Paris and Rome. Fame skyrocketed and chef Gianfranco aspires to earn Bulgaria its first Michelin star through Dieci’s exceptional cooking skills.

The name “Dieci”,” which means “ten” in Italian, reflects the population of the village when they arrived — just ten inhabitants. To maintain intimacy, the restaurant offers a maximum of ten guests a ten-course menu. Each visit offers a personalised, sustainable and transformative dining experience that embodies Dieci’s philosophy.

Why is it regenerative?

The restaurant revitalises a village by transforming an abandoned school into a sustainable gourmet restaurant, promoting organic produce and revitalising a community through unique culinary experiences.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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Project N: 2022-1-LU01-KA220-VET-000089887

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