Talking of a beautiful Sunday!Yesterday I went to the picnic lunch at the Palazzo Monti della Corte , in Nigoline right in the heart of the Franciacorta region, one of the best producer of sparkling wine.
The occasion was the annual Franciacorta Festival
a bonanza of wines and food, traditional or revisited, all signed by well-known chefs
who were invited to create dishes using local traditions and ingredients.
I loved Alberto Bittu from Trattoria del Gallo. who celebrated the event with a traditional dish
Manzo all’Olio di Rovato, slowly cooked beef paired with polenta.
Fabio Abbattista Chef at the deluxe Bistrò de L’Albereta,
served a crusted bread with lavarello fish, that I found a little too dry.
What about vegan? The answer was Alessandro Cappotto, with a very interesting mini quinoa burger
with fava beans and cream of lettuce.
Vegan guys went crazy for it.
The most curious?
The back cold spaghetti with Monte Isola Island trout caviar and goat ricotta, created by Matteo Cocchetti from Dispensa Pani e Vini Franciacorta.
I loved the vision and the fantasy of Fabrizio Albini
from the legendary Cristallo Hotel in Cortina d’Ampazzo.
Fabrizio trasformed the traditional manzo all’olio into a mini burger,perfect solution
for a street food that respect the history of the Franciacorta cuisine
Simone Gaibina from Trattoria da Gina served a home made Franciacorta wine raviolo. Andrea Martinelli from Trattoria Muliner made a delicious summer risotto with Lake fish,
Ennio Zanoletti from Hostaria Uva Rara, went for a panini (actually I should call it panino) with ham,tomatoe sauce,cicory and bacon chips,
Lorenzo Cogo, the youngest Michelin Star Chef of the event, prepared (and burned my mouth) a quite unexpected spicy Tacoq, that followed indeed the ‘street food’ theme of the Festival, but didn’t seduced me.
My ‘Master of Invention Award’ goes to Piercarlo Zanotti
who combined a soft cloud of potatoes cream to the savory taste of local sardines and trout eggs, baptized by few drops of Franciacorta oil. Talking about fish a deserved. bravissino. goes to Stefano Cerveni from Due Colombe al Borgo antico.Its stewer of oven roasted local tinch was like eating paradise.
Finally Vittorio Fusari, from the Pont de Ferr in Milan, surprised me for the sophisticated taste of his Pesci (fishes) and Panelle (small breads originally from Sicily fritters),
Vittorio, a man with a great sense of humor, told me that his dish was kinda a tribute to Jesus Christ’s legend of the loaves and fishes and ..to the next door Christo’s installation on the Lake Iseo.
The 2017 Franciacirta Festival will be back next year
. If you are into good food and excellent wines, mark it in your calendar.