Sunday, May 17, 2015

Back to Beluga Skybar - An Aperitivo Speciale, Romeo Hotel (Na)

Back to Beluga Skybar for aperitivo hour.  Back for something a little extra ordinary.  Something different from the usual cocktail/glass of wine/peanuts and and olives.
In an earlier post  I spoke about an amazing club sandwich that I enjoyed/devoured.  But man does not live on club sandwiches alone, so what does one do when craving an amazing array of appetizers prepared by Michelin star Chef Salvatore Bianco before the hotel's restaurant - Il Comandante opens?  Simple.  Visit Beluga.
I found out that at Beluga, guests can order something diversa, different from the usual snack menu and discover amazing appetizers with that special view.

A view that you may forget for a short while when a tray like this one arrives.  Full of color, full of aperitivo speciale...

I started here- with a crunchy rice cake made with black squid ink. The chef added his puttanesca sauce - a twist on the classic tomato sauce with olives, capers.  Droplets of anchovy butter casually placed around this croccante di riso not only add to this appetizer visually, but  give it  a burst of flavor as well.

Also on the well polished wooden tray was this...

A small tart made with parmigiano cheese, a mortadella mousse, and a gelatin made with balsamic vinegar.

Crunchy on the outside...

Sausage and friarielli greens on the inside.

From crunchy to smooth...a creamy butter... pair with this freshly baked cornetto topped with sesame seeds.

And this?  The presentation makes you stop to admire it for a short while.  The chef explained that it was reminiscent of the stereotypical laundry lines that Naples is famous for.  Clotheslines full of laundry drying in the Neapolitan sun.

This appetizer, however, was a soft pliable taco made with beet.  Inside?  Soft provolone del monoco cheese.

To the left, what seemed to be a  shiny stone that you would find on the beach.

Instead, the chefs version of cod with potatoes.  On the outside, soft, morbido...inside savory.

I continued my clockwise tour with this spongy creation...Basically a whisper of sage...

I finished up my aperitivo speciale with this little treat with a potato crocche' filled with blue buffalo milk cheese.

Beluga Skybar & Restaurant
Breakfast: from Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 10:30 am.
Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.
Bar & Lunch: from 12:30 pm to 02:30 pm
Bar & Snack: from 02:30 pm to 08:00 pm

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