Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Neapolitan Roccoco' 2016/2017, Chef Lino Scarallo, Palazzo Petrucci (Na)

It's less than a month away from Natale  but the Christmas spirit has already been spotted in some of the top restaurants throughout Campania.  Like at Palazzo Petrucci, the Michelin starred restaurant located on the beach in Posillipo.  It's here where Chef Lino Scarallo shared his latest twist on the Neapolitan Christmas classic - his Roccoco'2016/2017.

Roccoco' is a Christmas cookie unlike the ones I grew up with.  It looks like a flat doughnut.  It can also be very hard, requiring one to break off small pieces and eat them slowly. It does, however, contain certain flavors that are warm and comforting. A fusion of pisto; spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise.  Almonds, honey, and lemon/orange peel are also added to the cookie dough.

At quick glance at Scarallo's 2016/2017 version of this classic reminded me instantly of Saturn surrounded by a thin crunchy cookie ring.  I broke open the celestial sphere and found a creamy roccoco' mousse.

And what were those yellow cosmic creations??

A combination of velvety foam made with Strega liqueur and tiny gel limoncello droplets.

Complimenti, Chef!

The second in my series #adottaunochef #chicchef with Chef Lino Scarallo and CHIC.

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