The benvenuto. In English it means welcome. Welcome. We appreciate your visit. Sit back, relax, and ci pensiamo noi/we’ll take care of you.
A while back Chef Vincenzo Piacente brought benvenuto to a whole new level.
Piacente, Executive Chef at Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, thought hard about what to serve me…my first bite after an hour or so drive. A drive which included a panic call from me to the chef when my tomtom went crazy.
So – back to the the table and the tray arrives. A real benvenuto packed with miniature memories of my favorite foods. My Americana that even after 23 years in Italy, Piacente knows that there are certain ricordi/memories that I still have close to my heart.
First off – a mini bacon cheeseburger. I mean, every cheeseburger needs bacon!
Spaghetti and meatballs. Sure, maybe a part of my past that I would like to deny, but it is still a part of me. Piacente’s version has spaghetti (from Gragnano – of course) inside the meatball.
Last but not least – fried chicken. A mini chicken leg with a spicy barbecue sauce on the side.