The South Coast Chef Bringing Italian Family Cooking Home During The Pandemic
A South Coast restaurant is giving residents the chance to take-out a flavor of Italy.
The Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito has introduced to-go dining, featuring executive chef Massimo Falsini’s favourite recipes from his Italian grandmother’s cookbook.
Any dreams of a once in a lifetime Italian vacation may have gone up in flames this year, along with the rest of our plans - but there’s one chef who is attempting to bring a flavor of his Italian childhood to Montecito.
"My mother cannot boil water, it's not one of the romantic Italian stories of, 'I was watching my mother growing up,' it's not. My grandmother on my father's side was an incredible cook and the few times I spent time in her kitchen as a little child...I learned a couple of tricks from her," explains Rosemar's executive Chef Massimo.
He says the key to Italian cooking is the quality of the ingredients – many of which he sources locally. He sources durum for fresh pasta from Southern California and mills the flour by hand.
While times are hard for us all right now, Chef Massimo says it’s important to try to take a moment to nourish – yourself and your soul.
"They are difficult days. For me...it's not cooking, it's nourishing. This in an important thing we have to focus [on]. Keep ourselves immune. Nourish ourselves, nourish each other, take care of ourselves and people next to us.
"We will grow as a human, all, after that," he says.