Friday, May 27, 2011

Incontro tra le due Coste-Cilento meets Amalfi


The Campania region is an area rich in food and wine culture.  And when an opportunity comes up to taste the territory, I try to take advantage of it.  A chance came on the 21st of May, in a little town high above the Amalfi Coast...Ravello.

Hotel Rufolo in Ravello was the perfect backdrop last weekend for a trip through the Salerno province.  The hotel’s restaurant, Ristorante Sigilgaida hosted an evening entitled Incontro tra le due coste…a meeting between the two coasts; Cilento and the Amalfi Coast.  A lavish buffet packed with prodotti tipici was provided by Caseificio Barlotti-Paestum, Masseria Maida-Capaccio, Consorzo Alba-Ogliastro Cilento, Azienda Agricola Ferrante Michele-Controne, and Caseificio Staiana-Ravello. Then a menu rich using the products of the area Sfogliatina ai carciofi di Paestum con fonduta di caciocavallo di Ravello, Scialatielli al profumo di rosmarino con fagiolo di Controne e gamberi di Praiano, Sfoflie di pesce bandiera della costa d’Amalfi con buffalo di Paestum e salsa di peperone corno.  A quick pause with a refreshing sorbetto allo sfusato amalfitana con mentuccia di campo to clean the palate, and our trip continues.   Tocchetti du bufala stufata con fave novella e scaglie di caprino di Tramonti.  And for dessert? Souffle’ ghiacciato alla ricotta di bufala con noci pralinate e colata di cilegie con gallette di nocciole.  Throughout the evening,  a vast selection of wines from Azienda Agricola S. Salvatore- , Viticoltori De Conciliis, Luigi Maffini, Azienda Agricola Giuseppe Apicella, Azienda Agricola S. Francesco, Cantine Marisa Cuomo, Casa vinicola Ettore Sammarco, and Le vigne di Raito.  An excellent opportunity to practice my wine pairing ‘skills’ and try wines that I was unfamiliar with. Many of the producers were on hand so I was able to ask questions about their vineyards, wine making techniques,   as well as give my compliments on the wines that I particularly enjoyed. 

Una bella serata...


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