Our Taste Experience begins with a delicate ‘cup’ of ricotta with meatballs and a San Marzano tomato sauce. It is sprinkled with ‘tarelli’ crumbs, a savoury pretzel-like biscuit common in the Southern regions of Italy. They are made with a local lard, black pepper and almonds. To round off the starter, we have fried aubergine ‘a scarpone’ (meaning ‘shoe’) where the vegetable is hollowed out, and the insides are cut into cubes. The hollow aubergine is fried and then filled with a sauce made out of the cubes, together with tomato, capers, olives and melted cheese. .
For the first course, Rosa serves linguine with a flavoursome sauce of sarda fish, sea urchins or swordfish depending on what the catch of the day is at the market. The fish is cooked in a sauce made from Sant’Agata tomatoes, green peppers and basil. Next, we have squid with potatoes sautéed in oil, garlic, wine, tomatoes, a pinch of chili and a generous handful of chopped parsley.
We finish on a sweet note with bucchinotto, which is a typical pastry filled with lemon and black cherry cream, fruits which grow abundantly in the region’s fertile soil.