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I already had enjoyed a very memorable eight-course, cheese-oriented dinner at Marconi, read about it here, and so I knew the food was excellent. I then had the pleasure of attending a cooking lesson with Denis in his kitchen. During the two hour lesson we watched as he prepared seven different secondo piatti, meat dishes.
The first thing Denis prepared for us was this classic sugo recipe. The sugo, gravy, would then be used on many of the other dishes he prepared.
I made a pot of this sugo tonight. Very simple. Sedano, cipolla, e carota, celery, onion, and carrot, were chopped and put into a large pot with a meat bone, fresh rosemary, and about half a bottle of red wine. When the wine has reduced by about half, add a good amount of water to the pot, cover it, and let it simmer for an hour or so, until the liquid is again reduced by about half.
When he needs some for a dish, he uses a portion of the frozen, reheats it in a saucepan, and adds a slice of butter to thicken it.
Back in the Marconi kitchen, Denis let that pot simmer all through our lesson. The smell was wonderful, whet our appetites for sure, as he knew it would. For the dishes he prepared that evening he used previously frozen cubes. Fascinating evening, fantastic food. This is just my opinion, but what I took away from this lesson was that the essence of classic Italian cooking may be focused on the precision of the techniques, and the quality of the ingredients, rather than a new interpretation of a dish.
Now, I have my supply of sugo ready in my freezer. The question is... what should I make next to pour it over? Should it be Marconi's Bocconcini di Faraona Porchettati? Or their Filetto di Maialino con Mele Caramellate al Calvados?
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