Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sweet Surprises in a Dolce Dessert by Chef Salvatore Bianco

Tuesday night is not usually my night to go out.  But this evening was different...designed to be a little special.  An evening of pizza and champagne - a four hands dinner put on by pizza maker and host Salvatore Salvo, Pizzeria Salvo and Michelin star chef Salvatore Bianco, Il Comandante Ristorante...

Salvo and Bianco

Salvatore and Salvatore for gli amici/friends...

And after a series of 5 pizzas and paired perfectly with 5 different champagnes chosen by sommelier Pasquale Brillante ...

I assumed the evening as over.  It was late, it was a school night, and I must admit, was a little sleepy thinking about the forty-five minute drive home. I did have one question at the back of my mind.  How were they going to close the evening? Maybe featuring  Salvo's fried zeppole?  I really wasn't sure.  I was sure of one thing, however.  That Chef Bianco was nowhere to be seen.  I mean, he wasn't strolling around the dining room speaking about the evening's creations.  That was  Salvo's job so to speak.  So Bianco???
I soon found out.  Bianco decided to surprise us all as we soon learned while sommelier Brillante spoke about a particular wine close to my heart.  A dessert  wine made with Aglianico grapes (noble rot) by Mastroberardino - vintage 2010.

My mind shot back instantly to my first vineyard visit to Montemarano in the hills of Avellino.  Then out came the dolce.  Simple spectacular  and meticulous...Like the chef himself.

He chose chocolate...white chocolate.  Strawberries ('tis the season), red wine, lime and puffed kamut.  A single flower set on top.

A sweet surprise...
Grazie, Chef!!!

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