Monday, July 11, 2016

Natavot! - Napoli Introduces it's First Craft Beer


Hanging out in an artist's studio drinking a cold brew on a hot July evening while enjoying aperitifs prepared by two of Campania's top Michelin starred chefs - been there/done that.
Last week I attended a not so ordinary event which fused together art, food, andcraft beer.  Palazzo Sansevero in the heart Napoli's centro storico was the location.  The stables of the old palazzo dating back to the 16th century now houses Neapolitan artist Lello Esposito's studio.  The perfect place to present a beer, right?
I thought so!  Among the artist's bronze sculptures and paintings featuring the city's patron saint San Gennaro were refrigerators full of Natavot - the first Neapolitan unfiltered and unpasteurized craft beer produced by Kbrirr.
Natavot's label has  the stylized image of San Gennaro, and that the name refers to the miracle that is renewed every year. (natavot means once again in Neapolitan dialect)
The food for this happy hour was prepared by Chef Marianna Vitale of SUD Ristorante and Chef Lino Scarallo of Palazzo Petrucci. Vitale prepared oysters on a half shell with friarielli greens while Scarallo brought two dishes; caramelized zucchini flowers  with ricotta, tomatoes and anchovies and a mozzarella ball stuffed with eggplant parmigiana.

I wouldn't mind doing it once again - natavot!

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