On this visit, I was determined to take it easy, take it slow, and enjoy my journey into the blu.
The perfect way to begin any visit to this spectacular establishment is with a glass of spumante. I was poured a glass of Marchese Antinori Nature-Spumante Metedo Classico. A spumante with a never ending perlage.
Enjoy your day, Acampora said as he excused himself to get back to work.
That wouldn't be to hard, I thought as I sat down to a few tasty appetizers...
|prosciutto with figs|
|caciocavallo cheese with mandarin marmalade|
|porcini mushroom salad|
Four bite size morsels that would prepare me for what was to lie ahead. Lunch on the terrace of Relais Blu. A lunch prepared by Chef Allocca and his staff who had two options. They could prepare a menu that would try its hardest to compete with the scenery, or they could present dishes that would compliment the view and speak proudly of the territory for their guest who arrive from all over the globe. The chef chose the second option. Dishes that would blend land, sea, and creativity into tasty beautiful creations.
|freshly baked bread with extra virgin olive oil and French butter on the side|
|scallops with a cabbage salad, fried apples (mela annurca) and applesauce|
|squid stuffed with potatoes and leeks. lemon sauce made with local masse lemons and 'aroma' of provolone cheese|
My lunch into the blu continued slowly...senza fretta...,
|spaghetti di gragnano with a grouper and finferli (wild mushroom) sauce.|
topped with a basil foam and candied tomato
|pasta filled with king crab. grilled porcini mushrooms on the side and a mushroom consume'|
|velvety red lentils with red mullet wrapped in lard from colonnata and crispy fussili.|
|Grouper cooked gently in olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes with crushed potatoes and grilled porcini|
|chocolate, fresh fruit and coconut semifreddo..|
|caprese the relais blu way...|
A stroll with the chef up past his herb and vegetable garden. Up to the infinity pool. We talked about his long career (that deserves its own post...stay tuned).
|chef roberto allocca|
The midday sun turned into an impressive twilight light show as I enjoyed my last sip of passito before I made my way home.
Leaving before the sunset? It's amazing....I was told/reminded.
No...gotta go, was my response. Maybe on purpose.
Another reason to return...
Via Roncato, 60 -
80061 Massa Lubrense (NA)
Tel +39 081 878 9552 -