When is the right time to say Buon Anno? Do you really need to wait until midnight to wish friends and loved ones a Happy New Year?
Chef Giovanni Mariconda didn't think so, and that's why he invited friends over to his place- Taberna Vulgi in the town of S. Stefano del Sole in the Avellino province. I joined Mariconda and company to ring in the new year a couple of days early over a wide selection of prodotti tipici made in Irpinia...
Cheeses like carmasciano, pecorino and caciocavallo. I paired the latter with a sweet onion jam...
Salumi such as prosciutto crudo were hard to pass up as well as mozarella and ricotta cheese.
The evening began to warm up and so did the chef. All kinds of specialties flew out of the kitchen, served and plated up right in front of us. Each dish typical of the territory, typical of the season. From pasta and potatoes, to insalata rinforza with cod. I couldn't pass up on Mariconda's spaghetti served in a cuptiello, a brown paper cone. He tossed this pasta right in front of us with garlic, sugna, pecorino, and truffles.
We needed a cin cin to go with our boccone, so when in Irpinia....
Aglianico, Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, and Coda di Volpe were ready to celebrate the new year as well. WInes from a wide variety of producers, many who were on hand to join in the festivies.
So when is the right time to say Buon Anno?
Right after dessert...
Happy New Year!!
Taberna Vulgi di Giovanni Mariconda
Via Casino 6
S. Stefano del Sole (Av)