Emilia Romagna Supperclub by ILYH at Frizzante, Shoreditch

I (J) was keen to experience Emilian cuisine and hospitality, and was happy when I won an invite to this I Love Your Hat Supper Club; as we have been on holiday to Northern Italy but as yet not ventured into the Emilia Romagna region – said to be one of the best foodie places in the world! (Sadly, C was unwell so was unable to join in this dining experience.)

The supper club was held in the lovely surrounding of the Frizzante restaurant attached to Hackney City Farm, only a five minute stroll from Hoxton Station.

Behind I Love Your Hat are the lovely couple Carmen and Marco. Carmen trained as a pastry chef; Marco is of Emilian heritage and he has worked in various Michelin-Starred restaurants both as a chef and sommelier (including the three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana) before dedicating himself to the cause of Slow Food, a global movement that promotes good, clean and fair food. He was also the founder of the Osteria London Supper Club, serving contemporary seasonal local food and wine products.  Knowing the history behind the couple, I knew my tastebuds were in for a treat.

Carmen kindly sat me with Roberto, one of Marco’s close friends from his village and also a fellow sommelier, who talked me and my fellow table guests Lucas and Amy through what each menu item was and the wine pairings.

During the evening, we were served carefully selected  Emilian wines from one of their favourite suppliers, Passione Vino, that has been promoting natural, artisan wines in the last fifteen years in Shoreditch. (£6 glass – £22 bottle) I particularly loved the white wine which had fresh citrusy notes that went perfectly with our starter of warm fluffy Emilian bread discs which you then filled with the great combinations of home-made lardo and parmesan (made from cow’s milk), and mortadella and pecorino (made from sheep’s milk).


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We then moved onto wonderful ravioli with lamb’s leg:

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Next arrived an unctuous risotto served with a crisp walnut salad – an amazing flavour combination!

I was in seventh heaven when we ended on a traditional dessert of mascapone foam and chocolate Barozzi cake – a light but moreish chocolate version of a traditional Modena almond tart. A perfect end to the meal!

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Skillfully created and beautiful cuisine created by Marco during the evening was like a fun rollercoaster of foodie exploration through new flavours and textures, and wonderful hospitality from Carmen as if you were in their home. We will be back again soon!

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The tasting menu included four courses and cost: £25.

The menu from our evening:
– Wholemeal tigelle with melted home-made lardo+parmesan and mortadella+pecorino.

-Raviolo of prosciutto di Mora and brown lentils, raw butter and chicken reduction, rosemary air

– Risotto al Lambrusco, Parmigiano-Reggiano fondue and Aceto Balsamico di Modena 8 years Old
(served with crunchy seasonal Emilian salad)

– Mascarpone foam with “Barozzi” cake

Booking and info: Frizzante

Cafe and Restaurant | Time Out’s Best Cafe Hackney 2014

1 Goldsmith’s Row, London E2 8QA
t. 020 7739 2266 e. info@frizzante.co.uk w. www.frizzanteltd.co.uk
To make a table booking of 6 or more people, please provide credit card details.





Please see our Facebook photo album for more pics from our visit.

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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