|Chef Vincenzo Cavallaro stirs it up at The Stadel;
Shaheb Chatterjee, Ranadeb Bose, and Rita and Kishore Bhimani were the lucky few to sample his grub. Pictures by Anindya Shankar Ray
The Stadel is all set to launch a new Mediterranean menu for those wanting a taste of traditional cuisine from Italy, France, Spain and Greece under the poolside umbrellas. All under the guidance of chef Vincenzo Cavallaro, who has flown down from Sicily.
Chef Cavallaro runs the Italian restaurant Na Madrona in Barcelona and has worked in France, Spain and Italy. He has given week-long training to the chefs at The Stadel on Mediterranean cuisine. “Mediterranean food isn’t only about Italian cuisine. It encompasses French, Sicilian and Greek food among others, and I wanted the menu to reflect that balance,” said Cavallaro, hoping his food will help clear the air and make people learn more about the cuisine of that region. A bunch of select guests got a taste of what Cavallaro meant at last Saturday’s cookout.
While the regular global cuisine menu is available at the hotel, the Mediterranean menu will not be introduced before September.
Prices on the new Mediterranean menu start at Rs 600 per person, excluding drinks. A meal for two would come to about Rs 1,200-1,500.
Freselle alla Cretese (Greek dish)
Serves: 6-8 people
Feta cheese, 75g
Olive oil, 30ml
Garlic, 4-5 cloves
Salt and pepper as per taste
Chop the tomatoes and grate the cheese. Put oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil with the cheese in a bowl. Mix well. Put the mixture on slices of toast and serve.
A quick take with cavallaro
Three ingredients you can’t do without: Olive oil, tomato and cheese.
Your signature dish: I don’t like too many complicated recipes. Food is good when the natural flavours are retained.
When you’re not cooking: I like music. I play the electric bass.