Naples, Santa Chiara Boutique Hotel, a jewel into a jewel ! Un gioiello nel gioiello.

Mi trovo a Spaccanapoli, arteria pulsante della vita mondana nel pieno centro storico, al numero 23 di Via Benedetto Croce, mi aspetta Palazzo Tufarelli, dimora storica del XVII secolo che mi accoglie con un cortile magico e evocativo. Dalle arcate ritornano alle mente immagini, scene da film, rumori, vociare delle signore e bisbiglii di nobili. Mi infilo nell’ascensore con gettoniera vintage (si, per salire o scendere si metteva una monetiva!) oggi fuori uso, ma suggestivo. Benvenuti al Santa Chiara Boutique Hotel  un gioiello di ospitalità, arte e storia che nasce nel ventre di Napoli, da cui ne eredita accoglienza e passionalità.

Spaccanapoli,  arteria pulsante di vita mondana è la pittoresca strada che ‘spacca’ Napoli in due. Animata da bancarelle, negozi souvenir, ristoranti, taverne. Qui potrete trovare il calore, la passionalità e l’allegria di questa città nelle forme più disparate: dai locali più tradizionali al folklore locale, ai personaggi più stravaganti che animano il quartiere.

In questa strada ogni muro, ogni volto è pronto a raccontarvi millenni di storia e cultura. Lasciatevi guidare dall’euforia e fatevi inondare dallo spirito accogliente di Napoli. Giusto di  fianco all’hotel, si trova l’insurabile incanto del Monastero di Santa Chiara, il cui porticato è un’ oasi di pace e di bellezza.

Il Santa Chiara Boutique Hotel  è permeato da un’atmosfera di pace e relax, che sa coinvolgere l’ospite e chiunque voglia costruire la propria esperienza esclusiva che, grazie alla disponibilità e ai suggeriementi del gentilissimo staff, lo porterà alla scoperta delle magnificenze, dei luoghi magici e dei segreti di Napoli.

Nelle 7 suites, il classico degli affreschi restaurati incontra un design moderno e confortevole, le finestre si affacciano sulla città,  un attento restauro ha conservato molte delle caratteristiche di questo magnifico edificio (soffitti con travi originali, splendide porte dipinte, finestre alte, pavimenti in cotto antico); mentre un mix di mobili antichi e contemporanei uniti ai comfort di oggi , lo rendono aggiornato e accogliente.

Il Santa Chiara Boutique Hotel, inoltre, è situato a pochi passi dalle principali attrazioni napoletane come: il Chiostro di Santa Chiara, San Gregorio Armeno, Piazza del Gesù, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore e Cappella San Severo con il suo Cristo Velato.

Questo piccolo ed elegante hotel è un tranquillo rifugio dal caos del centro storico e offre camere belle e spaziose e un servizio personalizzato nel contesto di uno storico palazzo napoletano.
Anche i prezzi sono ragionevoli.

Il breakfast è, per dirlo alla napoletana, “nu babà”! Ho trovato tutte le prelibatezze della pasticceria napoletana, accompagnate da altre squisitezze dolci e salate, ll buffet comprende torte e le sfogliatelle del famoso negozio Scaturchio oltre a frutta freschissima, uova e omelettes a richiesta.

Una dritta: chiedete al gentilissimo Direttore Giuseppe Autorino di farvi vedere la terrazza sul tetto, da dove si gode una vista a 360 gradi della città e da cui potrete godere di uno spettacolare tramonto magari con un buon bicchiere di  vino.

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NAPLES: ATELIER INES, HIDDEN JEWEL. ATELIER INES, GEMMA NASCOSTA

Nel cuore della Sanità, ho scoperto un piccolo gioiello . Atelier Ines, un B&B con sole tre camere tutte dotate di bagno privato, una diversa dall’altra, arredate con i pezzi design creati da Vincenzo Oste. Tranquille, luminose e curatissime nei dettagli e nei comfort,

Un indirizzo nascosto dietro a un bellissimo giardino arricchito da sculture contemporanee create da Oste, che qui ha il suo magico laboratorio artigianale, dove tutto è rigorosamente fatto a mano, schizzi dei disegni appesi alle pareti, opera incompiute, pennelli , scalpelli. Un luogo poetico come poetiche e visionarie sono le opera che lo decorano.


Da una parte ci si sente a casa e a nostro agio e dall’altra si è affascinati dal decoro, dall’arredamento e dal grande talento presente in ogni singola creazione.  Oltre a elementi di arredamento e oggetti per la casa , l’Atelier produce meravigliosa gioielleria, bracciali, anelli, collane.

Ines, la padrona di casa è appassionata della sua città. “Guarda verso l’alto, mi suggerisce, scoprirari pareti, palazzi e una luce speciale che filtra prepotente dallì’alto dei vicoli. Fermati a chiaccherare con gli abitanti del luogo”Oasi elegante ed eclettica nel quartiere Sanità, questo B&B  è un omaggio all’arte e alla sua bellezza.Tutto, dalle lampade ai portasciugamani a spirale, alle testate scultoree uniche nel loro genere, , integrati da materassi paradisiaci, una scelta di cuscini e bagni in ceramica Vietri.
Gli ospiti sono invitati a esplorare il laboratorio e l’archivio Oste.. Situato nel quartiere del centro storico di Napoli, a 600 metri dall’Osservatorio astronomico di Capodimonte, l’Atelier Inès offre camere climatizzate con WiFi gratuit, mentre alcune unità dispongono di un’area salotto dove è possibile rilassarsi La colazione offre marmellate fatte in casa, yogurt e torte (meravigliose) nonché uova strapazzate fresche di fattoria e frutta biologica.

 

Naples. Di Martino Pasta Heaven

Naples:
I discovered a real gem!

 

Two floors of pasta Heaven, right in the middle of the Piazza Municipio, destined to become one of the most beautiful square in Europe, right in the center of enchanting Naples, facing the spectacular Castello dell’Ovo,  overlooking the blue Mediterranean sea and boasting 120 different kind of famous pasta di Gragnano, to buy, to taste, either on-site or to go, while cruising the streets of one of the most magical city in the world…

What else you looking for?

Welcome to Sea Front Di Martino Pasta Bar. Since 1912, three generations of the Di Martino family have owned and run the company in Gragnano, an ancient town that over five hundred years is producing the highest quality of pasta using the best durum wheat semolina pasta mixed to the local spring water, while the slow extrusion of the dough through broze die, gives to pasta a very rough surface able to hold the sauces and keep the tasty flavors.


Di Martino launched a revolutionary style to fully appreciate the food that truly represents the traditional Neapolitan cuisine: the one and only spaghetti.
Let ‘s start from the beginning. A street level super furnished pasta store and lovely hostesses, welcome Neapolitans and tourists.

 

 

 

Here you can buy the all formats of pasta (over one hundred) among cute gadgets like magnets, aprons and exclusive boxes designed by Naples lovers designers Dolce & Gabbana.

 

 

On the corner, you will find a takeaway window that sales (for only 5 Euros!) a box generously filled of perfectly cooked spaghetti with the richest tomato sauce that literally floods on a slice of bread on the bottom, renewing the traditional way to do the scarpetta.

 

It’s called La Devozione (The Devotion), a tribute of sacred and profane to give solemnity to His Majesty Spaghetti, insanely loved by the Neapolitans and foodies all over the world. Caged in an original and eco-friendly box, either traditionally back and yellow version or the newest designers patterns, there are 130 grams of Gragnano PGI spaghetti Di Martino, stirred in a generous tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, basil, a clove of garlic (rigorously toasted with its peel, as the Chef Gianluca Pisacane told me…)

then sprinkled with fresh basil ripped by hands. Do not use a knife, that could oxidize the basil and finalized with a slice of bread placed on the bottom of the container. All prepared espresso under your eyes, in just 8 minutes, 4 in the boiling water and 4 in the sauce, giving everyone the opportunity to spy the tricks that will make a great pasta dish.Let’s go upstairs. On the first floor you will find the open kitchen restaurant furnished with seats at the desk where you can appreciate a menu based entirely on Gragnano’s IGP Di Martino pasta, from antipasto to dessert, Under your eyes, Chef Pierpaolo Giorgio, starred Peppe Guida’s disciple and its team will prepare an amazing variety of pasta dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started with is the true protagonist in its more than 120 formats. Ideal place for a sophisticated dinner, but also for a quick-lunch, alone or with friends
The direction of the kitchen, the consultancy, the authoritative and wise as skilled longa manus is Peppe Guida. At the stove, in a pleasant way interacting with the gourmets who sit around him and who observe everything with gluttonous curiosity, the good chef, of and pampering to the customer begin with a welcome from the kitchen, which is revealed in a triple taste of delights whose pivot consists of creatively interpreted pasta.
To the gallant Pierpaolo entrusting us, impeccable service with specific cutlery for each dish, and equally impeccable suggestions of combinations, starting from Mista Corta with crustaceans and their bisque to the traditional Devozione

 

Sea Front Di Martino Pasta Bar is located in Piazza Municipio, 1, 80133 Naples
Ph +39 081 1849 6287
For more info click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACUNZO, where the Queen reigns…

T he first real “tomato and mozzarella” pizza dates back to the mid-1800s, but the official recognition and approval as a specific product of deserved value dates back to 1889, on the occasion of the visit to Naples of the sovereigns of Italy King Umberto I and the Queen Daisy. The story tells us that Raffaele Esposito, the best chef of the time, created for the occasion an extraordinary pizza “tomato, mozzarella and basil” whose colors deliberately recalled the colors of the Italian flag. The pizza was called Margherita. and dedicated to the Queen.Today pizza is pure science, where the research and the mixing of the different flours gives life to a light, tasty and fragrant dough.Today the art of the Neapolitan ‘pizzaiuolo’ (pizza master chef) is a World Heritage!

Unesco‘s 12th Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage responded positively to Italy’s submission, since flipping the dough, topping it and baking it in a wood-fired oven is part of the country’s cultural and gastronomic tradition. The master pizza chef takes care of his preparation with a maniacal attention, conditioning his life to the rhythms that the processing, leavening and handling required by the dough.
                                 

Acunzo is a historical pizzeria since 1964, located in the posh area of Vomero, in Naples.
The menu is divided in 3 sections: Classic, Special, Gourmet.
A celebration that spans from the classic pizzas made with the original ingredients to the newest innovative and elaborated versions.The slow leavening of the dough for over 12 hours, is one of the strengths of this place that was among the first to join the traditional pizzas some more innovative creations, the result of hybridization of the pizza with the vegetable side dishes of the kitchen Neapolitan house such as friarielli, peperoni, and that has been able to gain for this reason the appreciation of the Vomero people.

Acunzo is part of Naples history, simply mentioning its iconic Pulcinella 1969 (the traditional Neapolitan puppet) boasting mezzanelli pasta with meat sauce ,bufala mozzarella, ricotta cream, mushrooms, eggs, ham, 24 months old parmesan cheese and creole pepper.
II was curious about the attuali ( contemporary) pizzas, so I tasted (and loved) the SVB  with local salsiccia,  seasonable greens, burrata cheese from Andria in a soft cornice , compact and crispy.FinallyI had to try the Acunzo hit: their pizza e pasta, stuffed with a succulent mix of pasta, cheese, tomato sauce.eggs and basil.
A great full meaI, I must say !

The list is enormous and tempting… a good reason to go back!
Pizzeria Acunzo

 

 

 

Caserta Region, Italy: a beautiful journey to the Villa

 

 

 

To celebrate their wines, Villa Matilde owners Maria Ida and Salvatore Avallone, invited distributors, buyers, bloggers to spend a wonderful time in Cellole, in the Caserta Region,

 

 

The location boasts a wonderful vineyard, a restaurant, a swimming pool, several bedrooms and, of course, good wines and delicious specialties from a traditional or revisited cucina napoletana.

 

We were all invited and the Villa looked really festive.

 

 

 

 

 

Actually the celebrations started the night before, indulging in a luscious dinner in the terrace of the five-star, overlooking the beautiful bay, unexpectedly lighten up by fireworks.

 

 

 


There I met Mr. Avallone. and his team among other journalists and several wine distributors from all over Europe. During the all event, guests were invited to try the wines.
I loved the golden and soft Falanghina Roccamonfina 

a  sophisticated fruity white that brings hints of pineapple, banana, yellow peach to rose and sage a great glass to star you meal , served with appetizer , light dishes, fish and white meat.

Then the Mata Rosé, elegant sparkling wine obtained from one of the oldest and noble native Carnation vines, the Alleanic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My
special applause goes to Terre Cerase Rosè, (I have to confess:I had 4 glasses) with a floral the bouquet of morello cherries, black and red wild berries, plus delicate hints of spices, ideal with fish, poultry, veal and making an outstanding paired with bufala mozzarella.

 

 

 

 

Last but not the list the reason why we all were there. We were graciously invited to Celebrate the king of the Villa, His Magesty Falerno del Massico, a red wine famous in literature and history is a blend of aglianico and piedirosso; the clusters are carefully quality-selected from the hillside vineyards on the San Castrese estate growing on the slopes of the extinct Roccamonfina volcano, in the province of Caserta. Showing a deep red, its intense, rich bouquet is brimming with fragrant sweet violets, cherries, blackberries, and raspberries, finely balanced in all teir components. The “Falerno Party” started with the Exclusive Ceremony of opening and tasting Falerno del Massico aging in Amphora:
What an entertaining show! Fabio Gennarelli (Wine Making Director) opened one of the “Phitos” the traditional clay Amphora used exclusively by Villa Matilde, followed by an a unique sensing experience: the Vertical tasting of Falerno del Massico Vigna Camarato spanning from 1995 to 2010.  A parade of eight glasses where every “millesime” was telling his own story.

 

 

 

 

The outdoor lunch featured delicious seafood bites(I had to video some) and the one and only pizza fritta, freshly fried and stuffed by the expert hands of the Chef from “La Masardona”.

 

 

 

 

Not to mention the final dinner stuck between tradition and  innovation, created by the chefs of
Taverna del Falerno
and the “Grand Hotel Parker’s 5 Stars Restaurant”  pairing their dishes with the new Villa Matilde baby born:

sparkling Spumante Mata Falanghina, with its warm golden reflections and a fine and elegant perlage, thanks to the long stay on yeasts. Just put your nose to the glass to feel delicate scents of ripe fruit mixed with hints of yeast and crust of bread. The taste is fresh, elegant and harmonious, with acidic and intense fruity notes typical of the Falanghina, which are accompanied by pleasing sensations.
A dinner that brought
the culture of food of Napoli and Campania.ending with a nice souvenir that anyone who is a little superstitious would have love it . A little red corn, mounted on a Villa Matilde cork, a traditional “Good Luck”
for the Neapolitan people.