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March 1-3 Weekend Special: Tajarin alla Vittorio Emanuele II


Posted on March 1st, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

weekend special ragu bologneseFor this weekend’s special, Executive Chef Silvia Marani was inspired by the favorite dish of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy.

During the nineteenth century, Piedmont played a significant role in the gastronomic synthesis between Italy and France and became a major breeding ground for chefs. The most famous of them was Giovanni Vialardi, who became the cook for the court and created many lavish dishes that included the king’s favorite called Tajarin alla Vittorio Emanuele II. It was also during this period that the king inspired the concept of pairing wines with food to enhance the overall flavor of the dinner.

Chef Silvia will be preparing this dish following the original recipe which consists of fresh handmade taglioline (made exclusively with egg yolks) served with a special ragù of spring onions, Prosciutto di Parma, wild mushrooms, and a touch of Marsala wine and lamb sweetbread. It’s finished with Parmigiano Reggiano whipped with cream of milk and yolk of eggs and topped with freshly shaved Perigord black truffle.

To try this special, we invite you to make a reservation today at Merlo on Maple, Chicago’s most authentic Italian restaurant. Make your reservation here.

Buon appetito!





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