After a week of back-to-back lunches, dinners, workshops, cooking competitions and performances at the Wine and Spirits Fair and participating restaurants, the third annual Italian Cuisine Asia Summit ended at the weekend. To celebrate its biggest year yet, summit director Rosario Scarpato and fellow food lovers gathered at a grand Italian brunch at Gaia Ristorante on Sunday. Looking happy but just a little worse for wear from the action-packed week, Scarpato took a look back at the summit's success. 'We had our strongest presence at the Wine and Spirits Fair this year, with the well-attended risotto competition and our very own wine awards. We also cooked a 470-person gala dinner for the Trade Development Council and they said that they had never had such a great Italian feast before. That was wonderful feedback.' Proving that not only can he cook but also belt out a song or two, host chef Paolo Monti sang traditional Italian folk songs with accordion-wielding band Assurd, which had been performing all week at restaurants across Hong Kong as part of the summit. The music, food and wine evoked the best of old-world Italian charm.