Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Amazing Aperitifs and Appetizers, Osteria Arbustico, Valva (Sa)


During the nearly two hour drive to Valva (Sa) I had plenty of time to think.  Think, listen to the radio, and actually enjoy the drive to a part of Campania that I had neglected for too long. Osteria Arbustico was my destination for lunch that Saturday afternoon - a recent edition to a series that I have fondly nicknamed #saturdaystellato - a Saturday visit to one of the many Michelin star Restaurants in Campania. A visit with Chef Cristian Torsiello on his home turf in the small town nestled between the provinces of Avellino, Potenza and Salerno.
And maybe because of that nearly 2 hour drive, I was ready to be treated to what Torsiello had to offer me and the other guests that sunny Saturday afternoon.  Beginning with a series of amazing aperitifs and appetizers...

Beginning with the benvenuto.  The welcome aperitif that let's you know that the entire staff appreciates your visit. 



Tartlet with tuna sauce and beef carpaccio, a minimeat and potatoes ball,  brioche with chicken liver mousse and lemon, celery root in vinegar mayonnaise paprika and smoked herring. 





Each bite had its own style, its own punch, its own welcome.


Then to amazing appetizers...
First up, an Osteria Arbustico classic.  One that Torsiello has had on the menu for four years.  



Marinated and smoked trout with cauliflower and oranges.





Afterwards, a chance to try a ne dish that Torsiello was still fine tuning. One which was colorful, flavorful, and required a healthy hunky piece of pane to soak up the sauce at the bottom of the dish.



 Eel, almonds, wild asparagus, radishes and herbal extracts.





A series of dishes that were a perfect introduction to what would definitely be a long leisurely #saturdaystellato...with Chef Cristian Torsiello on his home turf in the small town nestled between the provinces of Avellino, Potenza and Salerno.


Osteria Arbustico
Contrada Deserte, 
Valva (Salerno)
0828.796266

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