Friday, November 5, 2010

Dal Vesuvio al Mise en Place

Chef Nicola Di Fillipo (La Lanterna) took us on an amazing ride through Campania with his recipes last Tuesday night. A menu which not only presented Campania, but embraced it.

For starers-Insalata di polipo su lettino di patate con salsa verde (octopus salad on a bed of potatoes with a fresh green sauce). Then an amazing first course of mezzi paccheri con provolone del Monaco and colatura di alici,nocceline del Vesuvio and pomodori del piennolo (‘paccheri’ with provolone del Monaco cheese, sardine oil, nuts, and piennolo tomatoes). Baccalà in cassuola e fritto (fried cod in a casserole dish with tomatoes, black olives, and capers). The dessert…yes dessert. Caprese, of course!

Nicola expertly demonstrated each recipe, showed us how to compose the dish, and then we were on our own. Marina Alaimo, Mise en Place’s wine consultant presented two wines this week from the Azienda Donna Chiara in Avellino. For our appetizer and pasta, she chose Falanghina del Beneventano IGT. Our fish dish was paired with an aromatic Fiano di Avellino DOCG.

Romina Sodano again made her guests feel part of the family. An international family which include Jeff and Lisa…a couple who was celebrating their wedding anniversary at Mise en Place. A couple who, like me, has the desire to discover their surroundings through the culture, the food, and the wine of Campania…

And we did. I practically rolled away that evening. I drove home with a full stomach and a smile…

Can’t wait until the next lesson…

Mise en Place
Via Aniello Falcone, 249, Napoli

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