Da Mirco@Home. Skeaghanore Duck Stars in Ragu' from Padua
|Panettone E Mascarpone. Resistance is futile!|
Put a famous Duck Ragu’ from Padua and the stunning Skeaghanore duck together. That’s what Mirco Fondrini, owner of Da Mirco Osteria in Bridge Street, did for his “Celebration of Da Mirco @ Home” last weekend. And it was a stunning combination!
If you are lucky enough to visit Padua, do take time away from the ancient arcades and the medieval market places to visit the nearby hills. Here, find yourself an Agriturismo to stay at. Or just to dine in. Mirco himself is from Valtellina (near the Swiss border) but his wife is from Padua and on their last visit to the rolling hills there, their party of four enjoyed a four-course meal including wine for ninety euro! And the duck ragu’ features here and in many other places in Padua and beyond.
Our 3-course meal at home cost €45.00 and we were very well pleased indeed, even if we had to do a little (very little) “work” ourselves. We started with Parmigiana de Melanzane, baked layered fried aubergine with a tomato sauce and topped with Provolone cheese, Just beautiful. A amazing mix of beautiful flavours and textures, and juicy, with that layer of cheese on top playing a key role. A thoroughly satisfying starter.
While that was being dispatched in a happy silence, the Fettuccine al Ragu’ D’Anatra was being prepared, the pasta being boiled, the ragu’ being reheated. You do get written instructions! The main dish consists of Fresh Pasta for 2 (300gr) + da Mirco's signature Duck ragú for 2 + pecorino cheese + side of homemade focaccia bread.
The minute the aromas of the Skeaghanore drifted across the table we knew we were on to another good thing. It was such a happy blend of Italian know-how and Irish produce. Silence again descended as we ate our satisfying fill. Semplicemente bellissima. I’d imagine it would have been much noisier had we been indulging in the same meal in a Padovan farmhouse where the honest food and fair prices draw lines of customers into the hills.
Pretty well full after the pasta, so a time-out was called. Not for long though! About 30 minutes later, our taste buds were in happy action again, this time enjoying the Panettone E Mascarpone, a Homemade Panettone Cake made in Bread & Butter Pudding style with Mascarpone. Oh sweet lord. The best Bread & Butter pudding ever!
Not too sure what Mirco and his team will have on offer this week but do keep an eye on their Facebook. When you see the offering (probable on Tuesday), don’t hesitate, order it, it will be good! While you’re on, study too his single dishes (you can make up your own menu), check out his wine list, and also his on-line shop of Italian delicacies! But don’t delay, I'll be there before you.
Last weekend’s 3-course menu for two (€45.00)
2x PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE
Baked layered fried aubergine with a tomato sauce and Provolone cheese
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2x FETTUCCINE AL RAGU' D'ANATRA
This is a Pasta Kit of Fresh Handmade Fettuccine with an organic Duck ragu' in a Venetian Style. You need to boil pasta and reheat ragu'
Pasta Kit contains:
Fresh Tagliatelle for 2 (300gr) + da Mirco's signature Duck ragú for 2 + pecorino cheese + side of homemade focaccia bread
Panettone E Mascarpone
Homemade Panettone Cake made in Bread & Butter Pudding style with Mascarpone.
Availability: Wednesday to Saturday from 3:30pm to 7pm. But check Facebook for updates!