It was a steamy Saturday evening in Ischia. To be more precise -Ristorante Indaco, Michelin starred restaurant in the heart of the 5 star Luxury hotel Hotel Regina Isabella located in Lacco Ameno.
Chef Pasquale Palamaro served me a soup as part of his tasting menu that evening. A soup!
A soup, which for the chef, was inspired by a dish that his mother often prepared for him, his 2 brothers and 1 sister when he was a child. His mom would take advantage of any leftover mozzarella or fior di latte and prepare a meal by adding tomatoes and basil.
Palamaro took this memory a step further – he gave it a gourmet touch. Fresh basil leaves were placed in a ceramic dish. Then ,table side,, our server added tepid water- not for show, but to release the spectacular summer aromas that only a basilica napoletano can give.
Afterwards, a simple tomato soup with mozzarella, shrimp joined us at the table for an experience rich in flavors, aroma, and memories.
As I took my last spoonful, I couldn’t help but think about a memory from my childhood. A tomato soup that my mom served with grilled cheese sandwiches and crackers.