Nawá Gabriel De La Maza DANIEL LEDESMA TEAM
Our ingredients come from the ecosystems that conform us, and that are a clear sample of the diversity of the state: pastures, forests, the region of the Huasteca and the desert.
San Luis Potosí’s Nawá is the optimal spot to discover contemporary potosina cuisine.
We approach traditional recipes—from different San Luis Potosí regions—to present our signature reinterpretations. We propose cooking that respects its origins yet sees food through contemporary eyes.
The ingredients we use come from all over the state: its grasslands and forests; the Huasteca region and the deserts. This also keeps the focus on seasonability, allowing us to offer the best local products at just the right moment.
San Luis Potosí’s geographical placement—on Mexico’s high, central plateau—has for centuries made it a crossroads for people from all over the nation, and the world, leading to influences in every field, including gastronomy. Nawá seeks to reflect that variety while offering a complete panorama of the region’s cuisine.
Our wine list features bottles from some of Central Mexico’s oldest vineyards, as well as from other domestic wine capitals. You’ll also find a thoughtful selection of Old-World vintages—especially from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal—that round-out the dining experience and respond to every preference.
Daniel Ledesma studied Culinary Arts and Administration at Mexico City’s Centro Culinario Ambrosía. He completed training residencies at several restaurants, in Italy and Spain, over the course of two years.
Back in Mexico, he worked at the Mexico City Marriott’s Club de Industriales restaurant as well as at the Antiguo San Ángel Inn and Bice Bistró, at the Camino Real Hotel, also in the capital city.
In 2007 and 2013, Ledesma participated in the Taller Gourmet project, in Cancún, starting in the Cooking and Catering sections and then moving on to Operations and Logistics.
He joined the inaugural team at Nawá in 2016.
Born in Mexico City on 17 July 1974, Gabriel de la Maza was connected to kitchens from the earliest age and developed a marked interest in the culinary culture of both his state and its food producers. He joined the Ritz-Carlton Cancún’s restaurant team in 1993; the following year he began studying Food Industry Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, at its namesake city campus. After graduating in 1998, he undertook a specialized program in Meat Products at Kansas State University, then completed work at The Culinary Institute of America; he completed specialized nutrition studies at Harvard University in 2009. Since 2000, to date, he has been a key player at the Tere Pizzuto banquets company.
At the end of the 2000s, in light of San Luis Potosí’s notable economic growth, de la Maza came to the realization that the region could not lag behind—at least when it came to food. It 2010 he joined forces with Marisol de la Maza and María Teresa Pizzuto to found the Instituto Culinario Danieli. Designed to support high-level learning opportunities in San Luis Potosí, alongside research, conservation and awareness of the region’s culinary riches, the institute’s basic tenet was to leverage local ingredients and techniques under strict sustainability criteria. Students learn foods’ origins and come to appreciate those ingredients’ natural surroundings as they hand down San Luis Potosí’s culinary heritage to subsequent generations.His work on behalf of the city’s gastronomy continued through the design of a forum for the region’s most representative tastes—that also served to drive the institute. Thus Nawá was born, in 2016, with an offering based on notions of contemporary regional cuisine.
Much of the restaurant’s success comes from de la Maza’s resolution to produce some of the ingredients that go into Nawá’s recipes—such as duck, mutton and pork—at restaurant-owned installations, fostering quality from the food’s most basic origins.
His passion for conserving potosina culinary culture has led to rigorous and ongoing research. The Instituto Culinario Danieli serves as a platform for exploration; Nawá is the outlet for everything discovered.
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