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on 15 Dec 2022

Mist in Abruzzo, “Porcini mushroom jelly, almond and black truffle”, @nikoromito in the kitchen, “Radicchio and peanuts”

on 13 Dec 2022

“Lentils, hazelnut and garlic oil” and “Capellini pasta with leeks” at @ristorantereale The contrast of textures from the lentils al dente and the jelly underneath is just perfect. The pasta is another version of a memorable dish I had here a couple of years ago of capellini and tomato water, this time with an extraction and reduction of leeks which is used to cook the pasta, sautéed in this sauce, instead of first boiled in water. Excellent.

on 11 Dec 2022

“Interrogate the product until it confesses to its strengths.”
As I taste the new menu at @ristorantereale from Niko Romito in Abruzzo, this old advertising strategy saying comes to mind again.
The phrase is attributed to famous British adman Robin Wight (1979-1999), known for advocating the approach of starting by discovering an unequivocal truth about the product and then exploiting it to its fullest extent.
And here I am thinking about this at Niko’s restaurant where they question... More

on 20 Sep 2022

Niko Romito never fails to impress me, his style is totally unique, his philosophy needed to be published as a book, every meal in Reale requiers your full attention, all your taste buds and brain cells!
This time it was the vegeterian menu, a roadtrip from sweetness to bitterness, better buckle up before the ride!

My visits in Casadonna/Reale: #jokuti_reale

#casadonnareale #nikoromito #casteldisangro #vegeterian #troisetoiles #3starmichelin... More

on 17 Sep 2022

The morning after! The fantastic experience at Casadonna / Reale doesn’t stop with the dinner, the best idea is to stay overnight and enjoy the ‘Full Abruzzo Breakfast’, a real treat on an incomparable level! The best part: you can even finish with amazing home-made gelato!


#casadonnareale #primacolazione #nikoromito #casteldisangro #breakfast #abruzzofood... More

on 11 Jun 2022

This collage was all the dishes included in the vegetables menu at Reale in March 2022. It is a menu that shows a lot of confidence, techniques, sophistication, and forward thinking. When you put these singular colored and seemingly simple dishes together like in this collage, there lies a colorful, vibrant spectrum of flavors and textures. The simplicity of the presentation makes it unexpectedly mind boggling when I tasted the multiple dimensions Chef Niko developed from singular or just few ingredients,... More

on 11 Jun 2022

(SWIPE FOR MORE PICS) We stayed at Casadonna Reale as we know they are famous for the breakfast and we had dinner so it was more convenient not to have to drive after. What you see here are everything they already included with the breakfast, you can order more from the menu or also add some a la carte items but this was already substantial enough for us. I put the breakfast menu at the end.

Some of the items we had :
Brioche with chocolate • Brioche with custard cream
Melba toast • Ferratella... More

on 09 Jun 2022

16 𝗘𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘇𝗮 (pic 1-3)
@[instagram] (March 2022)

This was an add-on dessert from a la carte menu and the final dish of the meal. I knew it is a signature here and really wanted to try. Although this is a dessert, it is not meant to be sweet and has no sugar. There was a yellow extraction of passionfruit, brown emulsions of cocoa, hazelnut and almond, coffee powder at the base, gentian root ice cream in the middle, tarragon and toasted saffron.

The whole idea is to have a “sweet”... More

on 09 Jun 2022

15. Arancia
@ristorantereale (March 2022)

We had two desserts but I am writing them separately as they were so spectacular. The center of this dessert was orange gelato. Oranges cooked in syrup were used in two ways: the juice is used as the sauce , and the slices on top of the ice cream. The most interesting part is the cream which was made with the white pith in between the peel and the orange flesh. The whole point was to provide the dimension of bitterness... More

on 08 Jun 2022

6.1 Anguilla, limone, aglio arrostito e peperoncino
𝗘𝗲𝗹, 𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻, 𝗿𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶 𝗽𝗲𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗿 (pic 1-3)

6.2 Costine di agnello e maionese di patate
𝗚𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗯 𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗲𝘀 (pic 4-7)

Because it was our first time to visit Reale, we ordered two extra a la carte (fish and meat) to share just out of curiosity.... More

on 08 Jun 2022

10. Fagioli e bieta
𝗕𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗶 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘄𝗶𝘀𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱 (Pic 5-7)

13. Radicchio e arachidi
𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘂𝘁𝘀 (Pic 1-4)

@ristorantereale (March 2022)

I put these two dishes together in one post because both of them involved a lightly creamy and soupy texture that gave a lot of soothing comfort when eating, and the two ingredients in each dish worked in... More

on 08 Jun 2022

(SWIPE FOR MORE PICS) 14. Cavolfiore gratinato
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲́𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿
@ristorantereale (March 2022)

One of the signatures at Reale that continues to evolve over time. For the version I had. The globe of cauliflower was steamed then macerated for a week. One part was gratineed and the other part they extracted the water and made a glaze on top. The base was a cauliflower cream with the cauliflower scraped from oven and cooked on... More

on 07 Jun 2022

9. Infuso di bosco con ravioli di mandorla
𝗙𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗵 𝗥𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗶 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗹𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺 𝗜𝗻𝗳𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 (pic 6-9)

11. Linguine e peperone
𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗣𝗲𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀 (Pic 1-5)

@ristorantereale (March 2022)

First pasta of the menu was fresh ravioli filled with almond... More

on 07 Jun 2022

3 of my favorite trio of leafy vegetables, all with very different textures and flavor profiles @ristorantereale (March 2022):

5. Foglia di broccolo e anice
𝗕𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗶 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗲 (pic 1-3)
• one of the signatures at Reale, broccoli leaf was marinated in brine solution then brushed with broccoli extract and anise when cooked. The broccoli flavor was so elevated with an expected nuance from anise. So simple but so wow 🤯... More

on 07 Jun 2022

3. (Pic 1-2) Cipolla rossa, Vermouth e pepe rosa
𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀, 𝗩𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗣𝗲𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗿

7. (Pic 3-5) Sedano rapa, nocciola e cardamomo
𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗰, 𝗛𝗮𝘇𝗲𝗹𝗻𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗼𝗺
@ristorantereale (March 2022)

The use of extraction is seen all over the menu but they came from different sources and achieve different purposes. Red onion... More

on 06 Jun 2022

Normally I go through dishes one by one in sequence of the menu but for @ristorantereale I wouldn’t do it the normal way as it is not a conventional restaurant. Chef @nikoromito has the “brushstrokes” of an artist on the plates but with the wisdom of a scientist. He develops techniques and scientific approaches in his lab that update on traditional Italian cooking and flavors but he expresses it with such beauty of simplicity and so much emotions and personality that every... More

on 05 Jun 2022

Back in the days we (at least I) always had the impression that when travelling in Italy, the best places to eat were the small trattorias or osterias for some hearty homecooking while fine dining was more filling than fulfilling 😅. But in recent years the scene has definitely changed, with many fine dining establishments finding their ways to strike balance in refinement, excitement. satisfaction, and even intellectually stimulating. Just a few examples, @ristorantelido84 by Chef Riccardo... More

10 / 10
on 29 Sep 2021

A truly spectacular meal. Perfect cooking, wonderful staff and prompt service.

on 01 Sep 2021

One more post about Casadonna/Reale, because it’s not just about dining (the amazing dinner and breakfast as posted before), but the whole place, a former monastery is part of the game. A unique place where you’ll find exactly the same values as on your plate: minimalistic elegance, attention to detail, highest form of craftmanship, a combination of puristic hedonism (is there such a thing?!) and modern art. Every minute is a pleasure here…

More about it: #jokuti_reale #jokuti_mustgo... More

on 29 Aug 2021

After carefully removing one by one all the superlatives and praising adjectives from my description about the 2021 menu of Niko Romito at Reale/Casadonna, here is my approach, that is as minimalistic as his style (but missing a lot on artistic and gustatory values):


My other posts about Reale: #jokuti_reale
My other favorites: #jokuti_mustgo #jokuti_italy

#foodie #casadonnareale #reale2021 #nikoromito... More

10 / 10
on 07 Jul 2021

Incredible and fantastic, love this place, one of the best Meals i ever had

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