I have always been an incredible fan of Gennaro Contaido, and when I heard many years ago he teamed up with Jamie Oliver, I was very excited.
Watching the pasta specialists make fresh pasta on a huge scale was incredible.
The line chefs in the kitchen gave us a little demonstration of the way each plate is prepared before it lands on your table. What an incredible team! Each portion of fresh pasta is cooked individually with incredible dishes topping over 600 mains on an average day.
We were spoiled to a tasting of the signature pasta dish, Prawn Linguine and my favorite the truffled butter tagliatelle (OH JOY!).
We then were served a delightful antipasto plate, with the Mortadella shining along with the sicilian olives. Followed by a slow braised fennel sausage ragu with red wine, parmesan and crunchy bread crumbs wrapped around freshly made parpadelle. Divine! The ragu clung frantically to the curly parpadelle, so every mouthful was an equal joy of pasta and sauce. We were then served two of each dessert options!!! OH HEAVEN! The Brownie was my favourite, dare I say - best brownie ever! Just incredible.
We all rolled out a little fuller, but after many laughs, wonderful moments of pasta making and tasting, and a new appreciation for the wonderful ethos of Jamie's Italian, I have to say I have a new found respect for the chef which has done so much to transform the way the world thinks about food. Hurrah!
Cocinar, comer y ser feliz,