From the rare white truffles of Alba to the countless shapes of handmade pasta, the cheeses and of course the wines, Piedmont is nothing short of a gastronomic heaven.
Last month, as part of our program of events dedicated to the region, we teamed up with Gaia Enria, the founder and head-sfoglina of Shoreditch favourite pastificio, and home of all things fresh pasta, Burro e Salvia.
Gaia, who is originally from Turin, created, alongside our chef Seb Myers, a menu celebrating some of Piedmont’s most iconic dishes, from Tajarin and Agnolotti, to Ravioli del Plin, and many more.
After the event, we sat down with Gaia to talk about some of her favourite memories around food and wine. Here is the full interview.
I ask to start with an aperitif, preferably a Vermouth, to accompany me while I browse the list.
When I feel I want to savour it slowly and at the very same time I want more!
A while ago I was told that many of the recent generations are “kitchen orphans”; people who have never seen their mothers, grandmothers or aunties cook and thus never developed that interest and passion. I felt so luck it wasn’t my case.
My man, with whom I am chatting, laughing, flirting.
Last year, totally out of season, I had the most amazing casual lunch at one of the cabanas in Comporta, just outside of Lisbon. A bottle of wine that tasted like the sea, a bit of Brazilian bossa nova, and the longest strip of sand in front of the ocean. Still dreaming of it.
Olives, anchovies, butter, prosciutto, a warm loaf of bread. Alternatively lots of fish crudo.
On my 40th birthday I happened to be visiting the cellar of Nino Barraco in Sicily. If you call a wine Vignammare and you take me to drink some by the sea, from that same vineyard (thus the name, the vineyard by the sea), while nibbling raw prawns of Mazara del Vallo and Panelle (chickpea fritters, a typical street food), you have my heart!
In Sicily, just outside of Marsala, by the sea.
Relaxed, curious, open minded
I should probably do better on the “relaxed” bit !
A place by the sea ! With lots of bubbles and seafood!
Starting from this summer our opening times are changing. From Tuesday 1st August onwards, our restaurant will be open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, and for lunch on Saturday as usual.
Our last day open before the holidays is Saturday 5th August. We will be back as usual from Tuesday 15th August.