......cooking in Monterosso, Cinque Terre
10.04.2012 - 10.04.2012 13 °C
Today was the infamous cooking class in Monterosso...actually very high above Monterosso. Due to the train schedules we arrived about an hour early in Monterosso. I was surprised to see how much Monterosso had also been affected by the mudslides and floods of last October. Like their brothers and sisters in Vernazza, the town is rapidly rebuilding. We were met at Gianni's Bar by Don Juan...neither of us can remember his real name but he told us he was not married and was known as Don Juan. Gianni met us shortly after and they drove us high onto the mountain to a beautiful restaurant overlooking the sea and Monterossa. The restaurant is Il Ciliegio which means cherry. We spent a few hours working in the kitchen making phenomenal food. Two of the dishes were anchovies and I thought...ICK! However the fresh anchovies they serve here have no relationship to the overly salty tinned anchovies we get on piazza and elsewhere in Canada. These were phenomenal...absolutely delicious. We also made fresh pesto for bruschetta and also the Troffie... a special kind of pasta that the pesto sticks to in a divine fashion. The top off the meal we had true best tiramisu I have ever had...AWESOME.