Bernardo Arduca was born to an Italian family in Manosque Provence, south of France.
At 21, three years after working in a bank as a clerk, he threw in the towel to go hitchhiking to the Canary Islands where he found work in restaurants as a dishwasher to begin with, quickly moving up to second chef in the kitchen.
He stayed on for 3 years, during which he had his first taste of his future vocation.
Marcelo (centre), second Chef in the kitchen
He returned to Menton on the French Riviera and worked for a year as a second chef.
Johnny, Axel, Grover and Marcelo
He then moved to Norderny in northern Germany to work in an Italian restaurant, still as second chef for two years, before spending another year in Brussels as a waiter on the main plaza, and so on back to Menton before going to Reunion Island and finally on to Madagascar, where he set up his first restaurant, "La Boussole".
This is where he found the opportunity to develop his je ne sais quoi flair for that damn French cuisine.
In 2001 after being la crème de la crème of the restaurants on the island, he decided to move again looking for new challenges under different skies, Bolivia then Ibiza and finally back to La Paz in Bolivia where in 2003 he created his restaurant "La Comédie" and "La Loge de La Comédie Apart-Hotel", which has never stopped being just a bit more "unboliviable" year after year.
Fred with Alix Shand
"Is widely regarded as the best restaurant in town"
"It's hard to beat for its bar and restaurant ambience, food and french je ne sais quoi"
"La Paz's finest restaurant"
"If you're in La Paz for longer than half an hour, there really is no excuse for missing out"
The Llama Express
"La Comédie is a cool terracotta-coloured, contemporary place with good salads, a predominantly French menu, round windows and plenty of candles. Also good for cocktails."
"Desde los mochileros hasta el vicepresidente se asoman para disfrutar de los platos"
"Un seductoro opción gastronomica de la ciudad"
"Un poema hecho de mantequilla, miel y hierbas de provenza"
"Es un lugar para el arte de comer, beber y compartir"
"Une adresse incontournable de La Paz. Mariage réussi des saveurs françaises et boliviennes."
Le Guide du Routard
"La meilleure adresse de La Paz pour faire quelques folies"
Le Petit Futé
"Cuisine savoureuse avec des vrais produits français"
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
The most unboliviable guide on Bolivia
Cultural publication of La Paz
Travel, Food, Wines and Gardens!
Rugby a La Paz
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