So as the end of September approached, I made sure that I had one end of summer appointment penciled in on my calendar. Lunch at Ristorante Il Bikini in Vico. I wanted my summer to end as it had last year. At table overlooking the beach, an excellent bottle of wine, and a meal prepared by Chef Domenico De Simone and his staff.
There was quite a bit of wind that afternoon, but I was fine on my side of the patio...to the right...where the sun hit just perfectly. My menu choice? The Mimmo fai tu... dishes hand picked by the chef himself. My only request was mare, mare, mare and the vino giusto - a young, fresh Vigna Cicogna Greco di Tufo 2012 by Azienda Agricola Benito Ferrara.
So we began with a wonderful colorful melody of flavors :
|red mullet with tomato gelle and basil|
|tuna with star anise, yellow peaches and Tropea red onions|
Two assaggi of pasta continued my end of summer salute...
|mezzi occhi di lupo di Gragnano pasta with a tomato and sconcigli del golfo sauce|
|linguine with tartufi, clams and mullet bottarga|
|bianco di pesce :- shrimp, swordfish, and pumpkin stuffed squid|
The pleasant surprise was the sweet pumpkin stuffing. Just for you, smiled Il Bikini's owner Giorgio Scarselli. Usually the chef uses potatoes.
Pumpkin...a clear sign that the seasons were changing over. But not just yet. De Simone's pre-dessert followed by a parade of dolci served with a smile help me hang on to summer just a little while longer.
|prickly pear sorbet and crumbled crispy dark chocolate|
|mini caprese cake|
Il Bikini's last lunch of the season is October 6, 2013.
Ci vediamo next spring...
Strada Statale 145 Sorrentina Km 13,900
80069 Vico Equense (Na)
081 1984 0029