Sardinia - A Hungry Person's Paradise

  • June 4, 2010 · 7:00 PM
  • Massimo's Kitchen Studio

One of the two large islands that lie of the western (Mediterranean) coast of Italy, Sardinia is much less explored than its southern neighbour Sicily. Marooned between Italy and north Africa, it lies some 200km off the coast of Lazio. At its northern tip it gazes just a few miles across the water to the French island of Corsica. Perhaps the geographical confusion is accentuated by the number of times Sardinia has been invaded over the past two millennia. The island has certainly been inhabited since prehistoric times. It has been ruled by many different races over the years and has been able to use the best from all of it's rulers cuisines - Catalans or Corsicans, Spaniards or Piemontese, blending each new contribution into its own dynamic culture, making it even broader and diversified. In fact, some people maintain that rather than Sardinian cooking, it would be appropriate to talk about the gastronomic schools of its several regions which, in effect, are culinary islands within the island. As you will see, Sardinian foods have not been overwhelmed by industrialisation. Neither the recipes nor the appearance of ingredients or foods, starting with the bread, pork products and cheeses that still are made with artisan methods have been lost. As in other Mediterranean lands the recipes speak of old style, familiar, humble yet rich fare that in some cases has not changed over centuries and is still handed down from mother to daughter. You just have to follow its few simple rules, trust in its ancient wisdom and excellent results are guaranteed - and delicious! You will discover that this ancient cuisine is extraordinarily modern with its hearty soups that make one-dish meals, the lamb and pork stews with vegetables that combine the main and side dishes, and the seafoods like Cassola - soup and main course all in one. Based on olive oil, Sardinian recipes treat their healthful and appetising ingredients with care -cooking them gently and briefly - and in their humbleness are all the elegance of simplicity, all the refinement of wholesomeness So bring your appetite (and wear stretchy clothes) as we explore the tastes and the culture of this culturally diverse and historically signifcant region - Sardiia and expect to enjoy a menu that will have you wondering what influenced the flavours. A full menu will be posted shortly and Massimo will be putting together a multi course meal for us to enjoy, so wear comfy clothes and skip lunch! Space is limited to 24 people maximum. You are welcome to invite friends, just indicate the number of people attending when you RSVP. Fee: $65 per person. Wine: Guests must bring their own wine. A recommended list will be sent out to all those participating, a couple of days before the dinner

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  • Patrizio

    Another successful evening, where Massimo demonstrated (again) how a combination of culinary talent, creativity and the right touch of “bonne humeur” leads to a contagious appreciation and enthusiasm for amazing dishes and atmosphere!

    Grazie mille to the guilty trio: Massimo, Andrea and Gina!!!
    Trizio

    June 10, 2010

  • Betty

    Another wonderful evening with excellent food and wonderful company!

    June 5, 2010

  • Cristina T.

    Another fabulous night with Massimo and Andrea!
    Great food, no shortage of it that's for sure.
    I enjoyed all the wonderful flavours of this region.
    Met some great people which made it an even greater evening out!
    Thanks again.....until next time....Cristina

    June 5, 2010

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