Pasticcere Antonino Maresca voted dessert of the year back in 2013.
No, wait, more than a dessert. A mini journey - an emotional journey which was only available for diners at Il Mosaico, and now exclusively for guests at Chef Nino Di Costanzo's Dani' Maison.
The dessert is called Napule e'...Naples is. A dessert named after Neapolitan singer Pino Daniele's classic hit from his 1977 album Terra Mia.
It was brought to my table beginning with a tablecloth made up with postcards and newspaper clippings. Then piece by piece the mille culure, thousand colors of Naples were placed down one by one with a brief explaination and a smile.
- Maradona- Napoli’s soccer hero’s t-shirt: a sfogliatella with buffalo ricotta cream.
- Toto: a famous Neapolitan actor from the 50s and 60s featured here with his classic hat is a chocolate covered babà, black cherries and Bavarian vanilla.
- The blood of San Gennaro – Napoli’s patron saint, whose blood becomes liquid twice a year represented by wild strawberries, lime and Peruvian false pepper.
- Neapolitan coffee, of course. Here it is a crème brûlée with caramelized Sambuca. On the side? A Euro coin (chocolate ganache filling) representing a caffe’ sospeso that is a Neapolitan tradition to leave money at the bar, not as a tip, but to pay for a future customer who cannot afford a cup for himself.
- Spaghetti with tomato sauce (lemon cream, raspberry water and crispy coconut)
- A garbage bag –an edible sack made with squid ink gelatin, stuffed with struffoli.
- Last but not least – an iPod complete with ear pods so that before, during, and after this delicious experience, I could listen to Pino Daniele sing while watching an emotional video full of …full of Napule e'.
Full of mille culure...
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