In the beginning, more than 2,000 years ago, Romans built aqueducts and snacked on bread, vegetables, olives, and fish sauce.
Meanwhile, Chinese courtsmen were inventing paper, cultivating fruits, eating domesticated birds and making soy sauce. The two empires sat on opposite edges of the earth, but philosophers and eunuchs alike had already begun to sing the songs of food as medicine, food as decadence, food as civilization.
Since the two cultures came in contact, sometime around 97 AD, Italian and Chinese cuisines have evolved in wildly, often disparate but sometimes overlapping manners. This August, over 5-7 courses, we take a look at the lattice of those intersecting cuisines and how they complement each other, beginning with the Romans and ending in the literal intersection of Little Italy and Chinatown, here in Manhattan.
- Menu, August 2018 -
antipasti LOTUS, MISTRANSLATED lotus root, red dates, moretum, barley
primi MARCO POLO & THE MYTH OF THE NOODLE semolina noodles, minced duck, peppercorns, chinese ham
secondi SACRED SPACES, IN DIALOGUE white fish, farro, olives, black sesame
insalata WESTERN RED PERSIMMON pat chun tomato, apricot kernel, almond custard
dolce WHERE CHINATOWN MET LITTLE ITALY zabaione, wafer, tapioca cake
WHERE CHINATOWN MET LITTLE ITALY zabaione, wafer, tapioca cake
MARCO POLO & THE MYTH OF THE NOODLE semolina noodles, minced duck, peppercorns, chinese ham
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