The flavours of Sicily delivered to your table
The sea is the undisputed master of the house here at the fish market in Aspra. A mix of sounds that welcomes the visitors, who soon become amazed by the freshness of the products and lulled by the salty wind blowing over the port. Cosi i capriccio (anything you may wish for), can be heard from the various fish stalls: it’s the local fishermen who went out on their boats, returning in the morning with squid, bass, cuttlefish, clams and many other kinds of fish, fresh from the sea. The market of Aspra, in the province of Palermo, is a place full of folklore and culture, where you can experience the unique Sicilian tradition and get a great bargain as well!
But as Nino Quartana, a chef and artist, says: “[…] you must know your fish“. The essential ingredient for an excellent fish-based dish is the freshness. Knowing how to recognise a freshly-caught fish is not something that everyone can do, “[…] you must look your fish in the eyes […]”, continues the chef. But now you have the opportunity to enjoy a lunch or dinner without necessarily possessing these qualities and, above all, without having to go through the trouble of cooking the freshly-bought fish.
Now you can get a chef all for yourself, who will help you to do the right shopping and will provide a unique and exclusive culinary experience. A day with chef Nino starts in the early morning, when you will meet at the Aspra market and choose the best fresh fish to be serve at the table. Once the ingredients and the menu have been selected, the customers of Massimo Villa Collection reach their villa where, for one whole day, they will be pampered with the delicacies of chef Nino. A day to spend at home in complete relaxation, without having to think about what and how to cook it because your personal chef will do it for you!
You will have an opportunity to observe your dishes being prepared by a chef with years of culinary experience and to taste the traditional Sicilian products an oriental touch: having lived for about a decade in the Philippines, chef Nino can prepare his unique dishes giving, to those who enjoy it, the pleasure of tasting a typical dish with a touch of Asian influence. A real culinary magic to live comfortably seated at the table of your dining room, in the company of his friendly attitude and smile.
The unique flavours of Sicily, enhanced by the special touch of the chef at the complete disposal of his customers, guiding you through the beauty and taste of what has been defined by the New York Times in the article ‘The Ultimate Italian Road Trip Through Sicily’ as “[…] the Italian Region in which you eat the best food[…]”.
“On the sixth day God completed his work and, glad about having created something so beautiful, he took the Earth in his hands and kissed it, and he laid his lips where Sicily is now”