Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Campania, pizza Margherita, Mozzarella in Carrozza & Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio


The Campani, as the people of Campania are called, are renowned for their fish and seafood specialties. 
All along Campania's glittering coastline, cooks tenderize octopus by stewing it in a sealed clay pot with olive oil, garlic, capers, olives, and parsley or with chili and tomatoes. 
Squid and cuttlefish are boiled and served in salads, stuffed and baked, or fried into crunchy rings, 
while mussels and clams are cooked with a whisper of wine and tossed with handmade pasta or added to seafood salads. 
Salt cod, fresh sardines, and anchovies too are staples, and Christmas 
wouldn't be Christmas without eel marinated with vinegar and herbs or cooked with tomatoes and white wine.

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The Royal Palace of Caserta
is the most grandiose Italian Palace, constructed for Carlo VII of Bourbon, King of Naples. The original project by Luigi Vanvitelli (1750-1751, son of the Dutch view artist, Gaspard Van Wittel, who moved to Italy in 1675) provided not only for a Royal Palace and its park, but also the plans for the new City. 

Panoramic view of Naples


Vesuvius view, Naples

Probably founded by Calicidesi settlers, originating from Cuma (Neapolis, 5th Century BC), defended by the Etruscans, Sanniti and Carthaginians, Naples was annexed to Rome in 326 BC.

Campania, Italy: 

The Best Food In Naples...

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Pizza Margherita...
Homemade tomato sauce and fresh tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, and verdant basil leaves...

The secret to a great pizza Margherita is to use the best ingredients you can find
and to approach them with restraint. 
(Just because a little cheese is good doesn't mean a lot will be better!)

This is a classic Italian recipe from the Campania region (Naples) that is just delicious. 
If you like fried cheeses then you’ll really enjoy this dish.

The Italian language makes this fried cheese sandwich sound so romantic...
 it literally translates as mozzarella in a carriage.


1 loaf rustic Italian bread, cut into 8 x 2cm slices, crusts removed
600g mozzarella, cut into 1cm slices, then into strips
1 cup full fat milk
3 heaped tablespoons plain flour
1 egg, beaten
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
330g of good quality pomodoro (tomato) sauce

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Make sandwiches out of the bread and mozzarella, leaving space around the edges unfilled, and press the edges together to seal. If you have time, place in the fridge for 30 minutes, covered.

Gently heat the tomato sauce until piping hot.

Pour the milk into one large, flat bowl, the flour into another, and the egg with salt and pepper in another.

Warm the olive oil in a frying pan over medium / hot heat.

Dunk the sandwiches very briefly, one by one, in the milk, then each side in the flour, then dip in the beaten egg to create the batter.

Fry in hot oil for 3 minutes each side until crisp and golden and drain well on paper towels.

Cut in half, place on a large platter or plate and top each half with a dollop of sauce.

Scatter with salt, pepper and basil,
serve hot.

Mastroberardino 2004 Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio

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 Its origin is Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio in Campania, Italy.

Campania’s volcanic soils yield wines of uncommon elegance and personality as expressed through the voice of an array of
compelling indigenous varieties. Red production is dominated by the Aglianico grape with the Taurasi wine (often referred
to as the “Barolo of the South) being the supreme expression of the late-ripening Aglianico.Over the last few decades much
work has gone into reclaiming the ancient pre-phylloxera clones of Aglianico and the results have been striking. More recent
efforts to fully understand the potential of Casavecchia and Pallagrello Nero point to significant potential as growers learn
how to get the most out of these indigenous red varieties. In short, Campania offers one of the broadest palettes of wines
around. At their finest, these are among the most extraordinary wines being made anywhere.

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