I first met Chef Giulio Coppola one summer Saturday evening in the main piazza of Gragnano (Na). The chef was one of half a dozen ish who had prepared a pasta dish for the large crowd that filled the city for A' Pasta that evening. But as (bad) luck would have it, when I got to Coppola's stand, he was sold out. There was nothing left but Coppola's smile and a mi dispiace, I'm sorry.
Every cloud has a silver lining. A quick investigation and I learned that Coppola ran a restaurant on the other side of the piazza. So I decided then and there that the next time I visited Gragnano, I would make sure to visit Giulio Coppola at his restaurant La Galleria.
|Chef Giulio Coppola|
|A ricotta 'lollipop' topped with almonds, anchovies, and figs.|
Next, a colorful and comforting series of appetizers arrived...
|Scampi 'al naturale' with a 'liquid' insalata di rinforzo/reinforcement salad|
|one egg-three textures:foamy, soft, crunchy...with a touch of parimigiano and white truffle.|
|Lasagna with creamy beans and a lobster and tomato concasse'|
|Risotto with red mullet and candied apricots.|
|Spaghetti with white truffles.|
Why? I wondered. Because the next dish, I was told would be an interesting inside out version...
|Beef tail 'inside out'...a potato stuffed with slow cooked beef, melted caciocavallo cheese, and a grilled spring onion.|
And homemade ice cream...
And little pastries.
Yes, I made some space and some time for some conversation before I needed to head back home. Plus Coppola had to run a few errands. Off to check out a local organic garden for some fresh produce. You'll have to come with me next time, he smiled.
I smiled back.
There was much much more that I wanted to learn about Coppola, his Gragnano, and his Ristorante La Galleria.
La Galleria Ristorante
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi .
39 081 873 30 29