On the Island of Ventotene: Palate Poetry
Not just here on Ventotene but all over Italy, cuisine is always a poetic palate-teaser. And not only: the appeal is to the eye as well.
A visual work of art, each dish. And a symphony to the ears, just the names of each culinary creation.
Have a look at these poetic palate-pleasers at our favorite Vantotene restaurant, Ristorante Da Verde. And just listen to the poetry in the dish descriptions. (Translations for you at the very end: I wanted to pair only that “musical” Italian with the poetic palate images)
Let’s just start with the appetizers:
….and on to the primi piatti (“first courses”):
…and then the secondi (“main courses”):
…..with tasty vegetables on the side:
…and what dolci…!
..but sometimes, just a simple sorbetto al limone was the perfect ending to the feast:
Who are the “palate poets”?
Chefs Marco and Fabrizio, flanked by eager assistant Rumesc from SriLanka. His Italian is still limited but he’s beginning to master quite a few Ventotene “palate-pleasers.”
…and do meet the bright young staff, there to serve up that “palate poetry”:
English translation of the dishes follow (but perhaps a bit of “poetry” missing?):
A codfish flan…..
Zucchine/pistachio creamy Parmesan…..
Swordfish marinated with citrus fruits on arugula pesto
Pressed octopus on burrata cheese and cold bread salad
Smoked swordfish with local apricot composte and black sesame seeds
Potato dumplings with cuttlefish, cream of peas and hazelunts
Short, fresh pasta with monkfish and crispy zucchini
Black (cuttlefish ink) string-like pasta with baby tomatoes, eggplants, basil
Thin spaghetti with clams
Mixed grilled fish
Crispy shrimp with hazelnuts
Filet of sea bream encrusted in zucchini with mint and lemon
Mixed fried fish
Swordfish “tower” with eggplant, tomatoes, smoked cheese and capers pesto
Mediterranean yellowish in black olive crust over a bed of clams
Endive of the island with pinenuts, currants, olives
Zucchini / the way done on the island
Fresh fruit cup with ice cream
Semi-freddo of hazelnuts with cream sauce
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