That's why going back to Milagros Gastrobar a little more than a year ish after their grand opening was such a treat. Milagros Gastrobar is a small Spanish restaurant tucked in a vico a whisper away from the hustle and bustle of Mergellina's lungomare. I visited back in the fall of 2013 when Chef Carlos Peña and Marina Delle Monache had just opened up. I decided to go back a couple of weeks ago for a chat, a glass or two of Spanish vinos, and a fresh look and taste of their revamped tapas and paella menu.
|Chef Carlos Peña|
We began with Xato', a crunchy escarole salad which the chef prepared for me at my table as he explained the ingredients. Ingredients which included black olives and a romesco sauce, popular Catalonia, Northern Spain made with nuts and red peppers.
Since we all love little fried balls of goodness, it was only natural that I'd try a jamon croquette.
Excited to see a wine list with affordable Spanish wines, like this fresh crisp white which paired well with my dishes.
Next up, this dish-Huevos “Cidón”-scrambled eggs with potatoes, morcilla di León, and a granny smith green apple sauce. Chef Carlos Peña's tribute to his maestro, Carlos Cidón (Castilla e León's first michelin star chef) who passed away a few years ago.
And what better wine to go with carrilleras with Spanish sauce. Slow cooked braised veal with a red wine reduction sauce. Red peppers on the side.
And arròs negre with clams...
She brought me over my dessert. How did she know I liked chocolate? Tartufo di di carajillo - with chocoalate, coffee and oruju - a popular brandy from Northern Spain.
A bit of Spagna in Napoli.
Via S.Maria in Portico, 15
Tel: 081 032 0143