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The Funnel, Christian Talley (Lucca)

The funnel, in Lucca

The funnel, in Lucca

There is a lot of research on the plates of Christian Talley, Michelin-starred chef of the restaurant the funnel in Lucca and, for many gourmet, the young actor is creative Tuscan cuisine Viareggio. His restaurant, well concealed within the Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, offers modern works between and on tables. His surprise menu, Since you can only choose the number of courses and the rest have to rely on and trust the chef, ranges from fish to meat, in brilliant interpretations of an excellent raw material. The chef uses the natural flavors of foods concentrating them in vegetable powders, roasted or dried fish scraps, cooking dense funds of flavor and scented. The extreme technicality used in cooking is not bulky in the pot, that preserves lightness and spontaneity, both in presentation and in flavors.

The funnel, in Lucca

The funnel, in Lucca

Three menus, from 5, 7 and 9 respectively 50 courses, 70, 90 euro, for course surprise and almost sartorially sewn on customers. Different paths depending on whether your is or is not the first time. Among the typical recipes, the primitive steak (Garfagnana beef shredded by hand on maritime pine bark heated, with fat baked potato chips), ravioli stuffed with olive oil and Parmesan cheese with grilled kale and cuttlefish powder, the rice soup in sauce of roasted fish with grated dry Octopus, almonds and lemon. In the path that I am getting lot, I loved especially the one called ' sea ' pizza Tomei: tomato water and sea water with helichrysum, raw pink shrimps and baking powder, that smell and taste has managed to rebuild flavors and scents of pizza marinara. And the crème caramel salted pigeon liver based. Wine list with very low mark-ups, and large selection of bubbles and pinot noir from Italy and France.

The funnel, in Lucca

The funnel, in Lucca

There is research and technology in Tomei, clarity and concentration of flavors, irony and balance. See a Michelin-starred chef yells at you because you have a cell phone on the table ("now think about eating") and serving at tables explaining in detail your dish is really unique in the Italian culinary scene. Wine list, especially whites, with recharge much content.. Highly recommended, especially to those who enjoy creative cuisine, slight, and always amazing.

(reviewed February 28, 2016)