Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pollo Picnic - Don Alfonso 1890, Sant' Agata Sui DUe Golfi, (Na)

It has become a tradition – one that began 6 years ago.  A spring visit to the 2 starred Michelin Restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 in Sant’Agata Sui Due Golfi to get a taste of what the new season has to offer.  A look at what Chef Ernesto Iaccarino has been working on over the last few months.  First stop, the kitchen to say hello to the chef, his brigade and have a quick chat.  A chat that included the journey at the table that Iaccarino had in mind for me that afternoon.

Karen, do you like chicken?  Organic chicken?  Do you think that you can eat an entire roasted one?

I looked at Iaccarino, smiled, and thought –A chicken challenge? Bring it on!


 I headed quickly to my table for my little private pollo  picnic that included –

Sauces prepared with Senise peppers (hot and spicy included)

One of the best mashed potatoes I have ever tasted!  Creamy smooth and seasoned with saffron.

A side salad featuring ingredients from the family farm in Punta Campanella.

And of course, that crunchy chicken that I had seen earlier in the kitchen.  Iaccarino’s organic chicken is served in two separate serving platters.

 First up, the chicken breast accompanied by a vinegar reduction sauce.

While I was picnicking on this plate, the chicken thighs and legs were in the under the broiler for a few minutes to complete their cooking time.

Then they also made their trip to my table.

After lunch, I spoke with the chef about my love affair with chicken.  Ever since I was a little girl chicken has been one of my favorite foods.  I could eat it every day.  Make sure you buy organic, Karen.  Iaccarino advised me.  It’s important. It may not be easy, but ask your butcher.

Or, maybe I could come back?  I thought with a smile.

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