Monday, July 4, 2016

Snapshot of the Day - Napule e'... mille culure, Dani' Maison, Ischia (Na)

I finally got my chance.  My chance to try, no - wait, experience a dessert by 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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