Thursday night we spent the evening in one of our favorite places in Chiaia, Antica Latteria 1950. A small trattoria tucked along one of Chiaia’s narrow cobble stoned alleys, we have been frequenting Antica Latteria since we first moved down here from Posillipo. We probably eat dinner here at least once a week and it is my go to place to take friends and visitors.
Bustling and cheerful with a cozy and relaxed atmosphere it is like eating dinner in the family kitchen. The food is excellent, the service superb and the owners and staff are always friendly and accommodating.
But last night Antica Latteria outdid themselves. Owners Francesco Palermo and Michele Silvestri teamed up with Dario Pennino from Campania’s Mastroberardino Winery to host a wine tasting dinner that left us hungry for more.
By the time we finished our apéritif, Mastroberardino’s Lacrimarosa Campania IGT, Antica Latteria was in full swing and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house.
A lively crowd, we shared a table with Dario and his fidanzata Brandy a California girl and sommelier and gastronomy journalist Giuseppe De Girolamo. As we savored the food and wine, Dario made his way around to each table to share with them the finer points of the Mastroberardino Wines.
Over the next three hours we sampled four fabulous courses prepared by Antica Latteria’s Chef Francesco and served by the always lovely Valentina while we sipped some of Mastroberardino’s finest wines (okay, maybe more than sipped). As three huge antipasti plates made their way out of the kitchen our glasses were filled with Mastroberardino’s NovaSerra Greco di Tufo DOCG.
It proved to be the perfect accompaniment to Antica Latteria’s antipasti that started with a plate of Bocconcini di Mozzarella e Fior di Latte, bite size mozzarella balls on a bed of arugula that were gobbled up before I even got to snap a pic …
And followed by a platter of Insalata di Mare, Alici Fritte and Frittella di Baccala…
And a beautiful plate of Parmigiana Melanzane, Involtino di Zucchine, Provola ai Ferri, Involtino Melanzane, Frittella di Alghe, and my personal favorite, Filetto di Maiale ai Ferri con Bacon, a piece of pork wrapped in bacon that was so tender it melted in my mouth…
And of course, the antipasti wouldn’t be complete without a huge plate of their fried specialties including Arancini di Riso, Orocche di Patate, Mozzarella in Carrozza and Polpettini di Carne.
For the main courses we were treated to a beautiful Risotto alla Pescatora, the perfect blend of shrimp, squid, octopus, and mussels…
And a Pasta al Ragù made with boar’s meat and Pomodorini del piennolo del Vesuvio that was to die for. A fantastic dish, it was accompanied by one of my very favorite wines, Mastroberardino’s Radici Taurasi DOCG 2006.
For dessert we had strawberries two ways – an apple cream topped with strawberries and a cheesecake with strawberries and nuts topped with a cream of goat’s cheese. This was served with Mastroberardino’s Melizie Irpinia Fiano Passito DOC.
The meal ended as all meals like this should, with a nice digestif. This evening’s offering was Mastroberardino’s NovaSerra Grappa di Greco di Tufo. While I’m usually a limoncello drinker myself, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this very smooth Grappa.
Antica Latteria’s fabulous food and Mastroberardino’s fine wine selection – the perfect pairing!