On March 23, 2022, Reale restaurant reopens; a tasting menu that represents the Chef’s journey into his research on the vegetable world, will be the great protagonist of Cristiana and Niko Romito’s gastronomic spring season, flanked by an à la carte menu made of great classics and unpublished dishes that will leave guests a wide choice.
Castel di Sangro, March 17, 2022 – The choice to reopen Reale with a tasting menu dedicated to vegetables, is the response to a creative process born 20 years ago; which through continuous research and experimentation translates into the desire to ennoble simple ingredients through creativity and intuition.
“This year more than ever, I realized that vegetable dishes are those in which our creativity is expressed in a way that is as powerfull as absolutely spontaneous, and this is the origin of the new vegetable proposal; a table of colors, tastes and flavors, which have gustatory hues that other ingredients lack. The keystone is preparation, because the creative process that guides the transformation of the ingredient, enhancing its gustatory strength, preserving its intrinsic purity and intervening on the structure and its nuances, paradoxically becomes more important than the ingredient itself. The creative exercise is stimulated by the obligation that the raw material itself imposes to follow rules, to submit to constraints which, in vegetbales, are very rigid but if respected and interpreted, can lead to another dimension. ” Niko Romito
A well-prepared dish is a dish that satisfies those who eat it, and a carrot or a cauliflower embody the same dignity of a great meat or fish course. The new tasting menu is the result of an enormous work on the plant based world, which gives back the complexity and completeness it deserves not always perceived, especially in common belief.
The gastronomic literature itself has never really acknowledged vegetables as tasty or gourmet foods, but rather underlined their role in a healthy and balanced diet. This is the cultural heritage that today is long overdue and that those who have the knowledge and know how, should educate to overcome.
Today more than ever, the responsability of a Chef is to guide and not just surprise, thus opening a window onto a new horizon, speaking language that respects the needs of a world that is changing and leaving an important message, especially to a younger public that is challenged to face the changes that all of us are already experiencing.
REALE TASTING MENU
Green peas ice cream
Red onions, Vermouth and pink pepper
Broccoli leaf and anise
Celeriac, hazelnut and cardamom
Roasted Savoy Cabbage
Fresh ravioli filled with almond in a spicy mushroom infusion
Beans and Swiss chard
Linguine with red peppers
Roasted endive with potatoes and rosemary
Radicchio and peanuts
REALE À LA CARTE
Trout, bay leaves and almond
Eel, lemon, roasted garlic and chilli pepper
Roasted squid, pink grapefruit and black olives
Grilled lamb ribs and potatoes
Chicken salad and lettuce
Onion reduction, parmigiano buttons and toasted saffron
Sheep ricotta cheese ravioli and water
Fettuccelle with red prawns and pink pepper
Fusilli with chicken, rosemary, and green pepper powder
Pigeon and pistachio
Smoked beef tenderloin and potatoes
Cold duck and smoked duck water
Sea bass, lettuce and capers
Licorice granita, white vinegar and white chocolate
Meringue, raspberry and caramel
14 January 2023