A few weeks ago I headed to Wandsworth with Julie for a Friday night of feasting on delicious Italian food cooked by Masterchef The Professionals finalist, Danilo Cortellini, using quality Italian produce supplied by Riso Gallo (who are one of the oldest rice growing companies in Italy). The event was held at Venturi's Table, a cookery school by day and the perfect spot for an intimate pop up dinner, as we all sat around the large table where the food was being prepped. We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco and a delicious, truffly arancini before taking our seats.

Danilo had prepared a veritable feast for us, starting with a colourful burrata filled tortellini served with raw, sweet and juicy Sicilian red prawns which cooked slightly in the smoked artichoke broth that was poured over them, all of which was washed down with a glass of Albizzia Chardonnay.

For mains Danilo used the famous Riso Gallo risotto rice to make a risotto with braised onions, topped with broad beans, quail and LOTS of truffle! The risotto was creamy and unctuous and so good with the perfectly cooked quail on top of it. Also - that truffle!

Chocolate tiramisu with hazelnuts and hazelnut ice cream finished us off for the evening on a high note. I really enjoyed Danilo's food and the dishes tasted even better knowing the quality of produce being used.

Danilo has a pop up restaurant coming up on Grub Club which has actually sold out, but I'm sure he'll be doing more, so keep an eye out for them and get booked in to one if you can!


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    1. It was delicious and so great to sit round the table where it was all being prepared.

      Rosie xx

  2. It was good, wasnt it - I really enjoyed the evening, the food and seeing it prepared in front of us. Here's my take on the evening http://blog.pastabites.co.uk/2016/03/chefs-table-danilo-cortellini.html


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