Saturday, May 16, 2015

Black is the New Black - Linguine al Nero di Seppia, Chef Domenico De Simone, Il Bikini (Na)

The sun shone brightly on the terrace of Ristorante Bikini that day, requiring me to put on a pair of sunglasses during lunch.  The bellissimo terrace overlooking the beach with a spectacular view of the sea and Mt Vesuvius in the distance. But even with those shades,  it was  hard not to notice the sharp contrasts in colors when this plate arrived at my table. A white plate of black.  Or to be more specific, a plate of linguine pasta cooked to the perfect point of al dente, with a flavorful squid ink sauce.  Squid ink is nothing new, but this plate was particularly flavorful thanks to Chef Domenico De Simone's experienced hand.

He cooks the squid whole, at a very low temperature, after having marinated it first with Mediterranean herbs like the ones located in their nearby garden.  So, along with the squid ink, there are savory slices of squid that seem to be snuggling  among the pasta - waiting to be discovered in every forkful.

Yes, black is the new black.
And it is beautiful.

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