This evening at ICC – International Culinary Center in New York, the first of three special dinners called Taste of Italy, will take place. The menu is created by the world famous Italian chef Massimo Bottura, a surprising journey throughout the rich heritage and culinary traditions of the country.
FDL have already looked at the amuse-bouche appetizer titled The Key to Italy and now we can exclusively reveal one of the chef's other courses, intriguingly titled: An Eel Swimming Up the Po River.
A dish full of history, as Bottura explained: "A curious eel retraces the footsteps of the Estensi dynasty from the lagoons of Comacchio to the canals of Modena”.
"During the 16th century the Estensi family was cast from the capital Ferrara to Modena. Traveling against the current, the eel gathers a wealth of ingredients: polenta and Amarone from Veneto, Campanine apples from the Mantova, saba from the countryside. Entering into the canals of Modena, the eel is lacquered with saba and Amarone, accompanied by a cream of polenta and an apple extract. Served with a magestic and complex Masi Riserva di Contasera 2007, this plate is a symbolic gesture to remind us that the kitchen is not only a place for innovation but for reflection and remembering too."
S.Pellegrino and Massimo Bottura will be joined by five other excellent Ambassadors of Taste in the Italian food and wine scene - Donnafugata, Masi, Berlucchi, Frescobaldi and Alma School. Here you can discover Bottura's first Taste of Italy dish.