From convivial winter bolliti to playful Christmas cocktails, Terrazza Gallia always has something gastronomically clever up its tastefully elegant sleeve. Most recently, I got to attent Cena a 6 Mani, a dinner prepared by “six hands” belonging to three very talented chefs. For this special evening, the restaurant’s resident chefs and brothers Antonio and Vincenzo Lebano cooked alongside chef Cristoforo Trapani of the one-star Michelin-rated La Magnolia restaurant in Forte dei Marmi, a gorgeous seaside town in Tuscany (with some of Italy’s dreamiest beaches!).
These three chefs have a history: They met in 2011 while working for chef Antonino Cannavacciolo at Villa Crespi, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Piedmont. Not only that, but they’re all from Campania! So, needless to say, the Southern Italian influences stood front and center at the dinner. First of all, the evening kicked off with an aperitivo during which we sampled some tasty small bites–including an ever-s0-gratifying mini pizza fritta–and sipped some Ferrari, then we sat down for a five-course dinner.
Overall, Cena a 6 Mani was outstanding! Seafood was obviously the star of the evening, with interesting fish varieties like palamita from Sardinia and marone making appearances. Additionally, top quality ingredients like lemons from Sorrento and San Marzano tomatoes also made cameos on our plates. Now, don’t get me wrong….everything was delicious! However, since pasta makes me weak in the knees, I’d like to point out that I, of course, couldn’t get enough of the Spaghetti Miseria e Nobiltà. Translating to the “the nobility and the poor”, the spaghetti is named after an Italian film from the 1950s set in Naples, which also happens to be based on a nineteenth-century play.
The meal was coupled with some more Ferrari followed by wines from Santa Barbara in Le Marche. Here’s a glimpse at the food porn! (Sorry the pictures are kinda odd at the moment, I’m working on improving them, but you get the idea!) And following the photos, you’ll find the full menu with wine pairings.
Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 9