Monday, July 31, 2017

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


Over a month has passed, but I remember that appetizer as if the chef served it to me five minutes ago.  Il mare.  The sea.  that's the reason for the season.  The focus for Chef Pasquale Palamaro, executive chef of Hotel Regina Isabella - home to the Michelin starred Indaco Restaurant located on the island of Ischia.  The restaurant boasts a dream location, hugging the sea, so it seemed only logical the the specialties that left Palamaro's kitchen and arrived at my table for two reminded me of the sea...of il mare.

Like this appetizer...


At first glance?  Seems like a spiny sea urchin.  An aculei di mare  sitting  quietly on top of a mashed foam.
Instead...




Instead...

It's a amberjack fish breaded with black squid ink capellini pasta.




In its heart?  Salty lemon.  




Sprinkled on top?  Powdered roe aka bottarga.





Amazing!

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