On every first Thursday of the month, the restaurant Felderbock takes its guests on a culinary journey to the “Country of the Month”.
Culinary Journey: Italy
December brought us to Italy. With a Martini cocktail in hand, we dove straight into a “Piccolino” – a mini wood-oven pizza with chorizo and onions. Nothing whets an appetite faster than dough baked with a topping of tomatoes and cheese, no matter the size!
The menu proper began with pretty “Mezzalune” (aka “Schlutzkrapfen” in South Tyrol), brought to our our table, highly decorated. Two half-moon dumplings filled with ricotta and spinach, surrounded by a sweet buttery sauce. A glass of Sicilian white wine rounds up the flavors.
A “Minestrone” always hits the spot on a cold winter’s day – tender pieces of vegetables swimming with the occasional melted chunk of mozzarella. Add a crostini wrapped with crisp Parma ham for a winner.
With our glass of Sicilian white wine almost empty, we were ready for the main course – “Saltimbocca alla Romana”, served with a ragout of beans and oven potato. The waitress brought us a glass of Sicilian red to wash it down with – smooth! The veal was perfectly cooked, wrapped and pan-fried in a coat of almost-crisp prosciutto, with a sage leaf tucked into the fold. Kudos to the chef!
Have you noticed that no matter how full you are, there’s always room for dessert? A “dessert stomach” is a scientifically proven fact as well, and we were glad for it as we welcomed our final course for the evening – “Blätterteigcanneloni” – puff pastry roll-ups with a pistachio filling. The hull has a flaky light texture that broke apart with a satisfying crunch. The mascarpone filling was studded with whole pistachio nuts, providing contrasting textures.
Felderbock: The Verdict
For such culinary journeys, authenticity is key. The kitchen team at Felderbock would have made an Italian Nonna proud with their Italian menu – complimenti!
A 4-course menu is priced at 36 Euro per person (including aperitif), and reservations are compulsory.
Felderbock Hotel & Restaurant, Hauptstraße 26, 69226 Nußloch
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