While attending EuroCucina, the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition, in Milan, Italy, BLANCO Design Council members had the unique opportunity to dine at Don Carlos which boasts some of the best cuisine in Italy.
According to Dining City, it is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Milan and merges high level gastronomy, refined service and an incredible atmosphere. In the wine cellar, which houses about 200 labels, are the remains of an ancient Roman wall dating back to 250 AD.
Chef Mauro Moia shared with us some of his tips and secrets for creating the tasting menu he served BLANCO’s Design Council in Milan. Tasting menus consist of many small plates or courses that always leave you wanting more. It’s an exciting way to try new foods and to entertain friends. Just in time for holiday gatherings, here are just a few from the menu to try at home:
Course 1: Scallops, tomato sauce tarragon and crispy bacon
Tips: Sauté scallops; make warm, thick tomato sauce with bread, garlic and basil; add tarragon leaves boiled and mixed with oil salt and pepper.
Course 2: Roasted octopus, corn sauce and capers
Tips: Cut pre-boiled octopus in three pieces; roast it; mix the corn sauce with an addition of water and make it warm. Cut the capers.
Course 3: Tatin of onions caramelized, basil ice cream and Caprino soft cheese
Tips: Red onion julienne cut; braised with butter, red vinegar, red wine and sugar; maintained the preparation above the thin dough and put in the oven for 15 minutes; served with basil ice cream made with olive oil, parmesan and nuts.
Course 4: Linguine with pistachio pesto and tiger prawns
Tips: Boil linguine; place the heads of the prawns with garlic in a pan and, reduce all; add linguine, add pistachio, pesto and a crumble of fresh pistachio.