Cooking Lesson: Antico Furlo

Cooking Lesson: Antico Furlo

You are familiar with my love towards Italian traditional food a visit in an excellent restaurant Antico Furlo is not a surprise. For the first time, however, I had an opportunity to spent time in professional kitchen with a famous chef Alberto Melagrana. Although I am familiar with traditional italian food made in Emilia – Romagna this was a totally different experience. Previous episodes of my adventures in Marche are here.

Truffles

We started with in depth discussion on truffles. Acqualagna town and Marche region are famous for their truffles of high quality and huge variety. Chef Alberto who traveled around the world had a short anecdote about everything, starting with cooking in Italian Embassy in Washington ending with a perfect consistency of cream, so it took us ages before we started to prepare the main course. Watching Alberto working in his kitchen was amazing: I have never seen a professional cook before and I as I never watch TV series with cooking on screen this was totally new for me. Many of his tricks while preparing meat with truffles were astonishing and I hope to use it someday at home. His deep knowledge of tastes from around the world and genuine love for italian food is alive in every meal he prepares.

Alberto Melagrana in his kingdom.

Alberto Melagrana in his kingdom.

Cooking

Starting with raw meat we went through all stages of preparations. This was all accompanied with endless stories from Alberto’s professional life, his learning process and cooking for famous people in renown restaurants. In Antico Furlo Alberto created his own menu with his own recipes. I was thrilled to know that most of the dishes are not served elsewhere! Accumulation of his cooking skills was impressive: antipasto with truffles was excellent! And, most of all, the final taste was totally surprising!

Astonished with Alberto's skills.

Astonished with Alberto’s skills.

Restaurant

The restaurant is very particular so if you are looking something extraordinary this is the right place. Don’t expect quick service, though! This is not a fast food or even an ordinary restaurant. So prepare yourself for waiting. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed! The composition of ingredients made by Alberto will surprise you! By all means! It is worthy to book a table in advance and have a dinner here. I enjoyed my time with Alberto very much and the food served was totally awesome!

Antipasto on the table!

Antipasto on the table!

Menu

Petto di pollo steccato al tartufo, olive, fili di carote con insalata di misticanza e balsamico.

Passatelli fonduta di casciotta d’Urbino, pecorino di fossa al profumo di zafferano.

Crema pasticcera profumata al limone e arancia con fragole fresche.

Wine: San Michele, Verdicchio di Jesi, DOC.

...and his famous dessert!

…and his famous dessert!

Priceless

Try to imagine this: a guest who actually enter a restaurant carrying her own dessert! I did it and the face of other guests in the room was just priceless! After the main course I went back to the kitchen and assisted a creation of a spectacular dessert. When I got back to a table carrying it I felt SO privileged to have the opportunity to watch Alberto. This was a really nice experience and a very tasty meeting with truffles! Interested in wine story? Here it is!

Internationally recognized and appreciated!

Internationally recognized and appreciated!

Disclosure: I was kindly invited and hosted by the owners of Antico Fulro restaurant which I am very grateful for.

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  • Lisa @ Gone With The Family

    What a great experience to have a one-on-one lesson with the chef!!

  • Catherine Sweeney

    Priceless is right! What a great experience you had. Loved following along with it in this post. You look very happy. I would be, too.

    • Oh, this was an adventure! I would love to be an assistance of the cook some day!

  • Marcia

    If you’re going to take a cooking class, it’s preferable (and fantastic) to learn from a master. I admire people who infuse their work with passion and it sounds like Chef Alberto has passion for all of us. And you got to make dessert. That’s priceless!

    • Indeed! You may see a perfect combination of passion towards food with long experience in cooking business!

  • @hikerciser

    I think we may one day see you on MasterChef Agata! :)

    • Oh my! Do you really think so? I’m worried about my clumsiness…