Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tomato Soup and Then Some - Don Alfonso 1890 - Sant'Agata Sui Due Golfi (Na)

I had already placed my order.  I had already discussed with Chef Ernesto Iaccarino my menu choices for the day - a combination of something old, something new...but all items that I hadn't tried before.
While waiting for my benvenuto - I strolled around the kitchen to see what was going on.  Then I spotted it.  It was a few feet away on one of the prep tables waiting to be placed in the oven.
What's that? I asked out of curiosity.

Sous Chef Nicola Pignatelli responded by smiling and  by adding it to my menu.
I'd have to wait and see for myself.
I didn't have to wait too long.

I was at the Chef's table, a small table for one  in the corner, right next to the pass when Raffaele brought me Chef Iaccarino's Tomato Soup.

Raffaele helped me break into the crispy crust - the bowl was scorching hot.

It was almost a shame to break it open - but that was the only way to taste what was awaiting inside.
Tomato soup prepared with San Marzano tomatoes from the family's farm in Punta Campanella.

Tomato soup with king crab, the catch of the day.

Tomato soup with a chunk of prosciutto cotto.
Tomato soup and then some...

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