We met in Taurasi (Av) at a dinner his restaurant was catering. At the end of the evening Carmine Fischetti handed me a simple white card...a card and an invitation to visit him and his family in Vallessacarda (Av)... Oasis Sapori Antichi...Famiglia Fischetti.
An invitation to visit the Fischetti family, a family known throughout the Campania region. Definiely an invitation that I did not want to refuse. An invitation to taste dishes rich in tradition with products from the territory. An invitation full of flavors passed through the generations.
I couldn't think of a better time than the Christmas season to visit, so on a cold Friday evening I was back on the A16 in search of the sounds, the flavors, and the spirit of Natale with the Fischetti family.
As soon as I walked into the door, I was greeted with a familiar face, a smile and a Buon Natale. The large Christmas tree in the dining room wasn't the only thing that said Merry Christmas. I stepped into a special dinner for AIS Avellino starring the Fischetti menu and Umani Ronchi.
Every table has a flavor, a memory of Christmas, Puccio Fischetti pointed out. Star anise, cinnamon, vanilla, candied fruit were just some of aromas that sat happily in a glass on each table, ready to take part in the festivities.
Nicola Fischetti gave me a little tour of the kitchen where I found his sister Lina and the kitchen staff caught up in the excitement that the season brings. Slicing up mushrooms and truffles ... putting the final touches on the desserts that would be served that night.
A menu full of Sapori, Profumi e Atmosfera
|zuppa di cereali, olio di olive extra vergine ravece, polpetta di vitello e buccia di limone|
|zucca napoletana, alici salate di menaica, stracciatella di mucca, nocciole avellane, polvere di liquiriza|
|candele di setaro, brandelle di baccalà, porri e arance del gargano|
|ravioli di burrata ed erbette, manteca campana e tartufo nero di bagnoli|
il vitello in lenta cottura, sedano rapa laccato al vino pelago, cremino allo yogurt di bufala, olio di ravece
|frolla di nocciole e pere carmellate|
Christmas in famiglia...an evening with the family, the Fischetti family. An evening celebrating the flavors, the aromas, and the atmosphere of the season.
When you come back, I was told, we'll have to visit the old cantina, take a walk around Vallesaccarda. It is a beautiful part of Irpinia.
Another invitation that I would be sure not to pass up...
Oasis Sapori Antichi
83050 Vallesaccarda (Av)