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Category: Weekend Special


Weekend Special August 29-31, “Courtesan’s Cappelletti”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Courtesan’s Cappelletti

Inspiration

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
—George Bernard Shaw

Sigismondo Malatesta was a condottiere (the leader of a troop of mercenaries) who worked for the most noble families in the Romagna region during the early sixteenth century. … Read More »



Weekend Special August 22-24, “Paganini’s Ravioli”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Paganini’s Ravioli

Inspiration

This week, Chef Luisa Silvia was reading about Niccolo Paganini.

Paganini was very famous during the mid-nineteenth century for his abilities as a violinist, composer, and orchestra director.

More interesting, however, was Paganini’s libertine lifestyle: His inamoratas ranged from … Read More »



Weekend Special August 15-17, “Calabrese Risotto”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. 1 Comment

Calabrese Risotto

Inspiration

This peninsular region of Southern Italy is known for its lofty mountains, steep valleys, and crystalline bays. Its economic mainstay is farming: from forth the fruitful loins of this vast terra firma a host of products spring, such as … Read More »



Weekend Special August 8-10, “Timbale Pastry”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Timballo di sfoglie

Inspiration

Abruzzo has had a long tradition of unique culinary art. The food developed an international reputation over time as a result of dignitaries who would inhabit the region and praise its divine fare. One such personage was Giulio … Read More »



Weekend Special August 1-3, “Busiate with Lamb Stew”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Busiate con lo stufato di agnello

Inspiration

The exotic flavors of Sicilian fare are very evocative of summertime, which is why Chef Luisa Silvia is still there in her mind. This week, she remembered dining at a restaurant in Trapani, a quaint, … Read More »



Weekend Special July 25-27, “Bolognese Meatballs”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Polpette alla Bolognese

Inspiration

While having dinner with friends this week, Chef Luisia Silvia found herself discussing the myriad preparations/expressions of polpette (meatballs). This culinary heirloom of Italy’s was first described and made famous by Martino da Como, a renowned, fifteenth-century chef, … Read More »



Weekend Special July 18-20, “Orange and Fennel Tuna”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Tonno al profumo di arancia e finocchietto

Inspiration

Last week, we mentioned Renato Guttuso’s famous painting, La Vucciria, which depicts the quotidian chaos of a famous market in the heart of Palermo. This week, Chef Luisa Silvia still found herself wandering around … Read More »



Weekend Special July 11-13, “Pasta with Sardines”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Pasta con le sarde

Inspiration

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
—Galileo

The Modern Art Gallery in Palermo has recently been completed. Among its many charms is “La Vucciria,” a famous oil painting that … Read More »



Weekend Special July 5- 6 “Cappon magro”

Posted on July 3rd, by nikki in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Cappon magro

Inspiration

Recently a handful of our beloved customers returned from a trip to Portofino in Liguria and shared their enthusiasm for this historic seaside village. They were enchanted by the quality of fish they’d had a chance to try. This … Read More »



Weekend Special June 27 – 29 “Fillet with Truffled Maccheroni”

Posted on June 26th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Filetti e maccheroni al tartufo

Inspiration

This past Monday, Merlo had the honor of hosting Mr. Francois-Henri Pinault, from Paris (owner of Kering, the largest luxury brand company in the world). The event reminded our magnificent chef Luisa Silvia of the time … Read More »