Thursday, June 22, 2017

Amazing Appetizer, Chef Pasquale Palamaro, Ristorante Indaco, Ischia (Na)

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.

Grazie, chef!

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