Italian Cuisine, with the likes of Chinese, French, Indian cuisine has been on the forefront of cuisines that have achieved global appreciation but at the same time, their vastness and know-how remains largely veiled.
Think Italian and most people talk about pizzas and pasta. But there’s much more what this stunning peninsula and its surroundings have to offer in terms of food and beverages.
I was invited to ALBA, the Italian speciality restaurant at the JW Marriott, Bengaluru a couple of days back to experience an evening of culinary genius, offered by the visiting Chef from JW Marriott Juhu, Mumbai, Chef Matteo Arvonio.
Chef Matteo is the head chef at Mezzo Mezzo, the Italian speciality restaurant at the JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai. With a prodigious experience of over two decades, Chef Matteo brings with him a deep rooted love for Italian flavours and authentic cooking styles, to pamper the Indian palate.
Gamberi in crosta di Mandorle Insalata di finnocchi ed Arance Riduzione al Balsamico
Sicilian style almond crusted prawns, orange and fennel salad, Balsamic reduction
Risotto alla Zucca funghi selvatici, Ragout Doi Quaglia col suo Fondo
Roasted pumpkin risotto, wild mushrooms, quail ragout, quail jus
Parmigiana Leggera di Zucchine, Pesto e Provola su Salsa alla Burrata
Baked zucchini, pesto and provola Parmigiana, Burrata sauce
This is something not for the calorie conscious! A hearty portion of tomatoes as the base, pesto and provola parmigiana in the centre and zucchini on top. The first two layers were great! The tomatoes, however, were a little raw and unripe.
Piedmont amarettia and cocoa pudding, fresh blueberry, blueberry coulis.
Other items on the menu, that others sampled include:
The dinner at ALBA has been exceedingly satiating. I’d take this opportunity to thank Ms.Simonti Majumdar and Chef Matteo for the invite and for an evening with a befitting setting and food that was, for most part, nothing short of magical!