The Southern Italian region of Campania is rich with history and culture, encompassing the beautiful, natural sights of the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius, and the ancient site of Pompeii.
Known for its simple but quality ingredient, the Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The cuisine of the Amalfi Coast offers simple dishes made with authentic, quality ingredients.
Fresh spaghetti is made by hand every day, with fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and only the highest-quality olive oil. The seafood is just caught from the ocean, and the vegetables are handpicked from the garden.
Mozzarella di Bufala Campana
A classic mozzarella cheese traditionally manufactured in Campania, made from the milk of the Italian Mediterranean buffalo. Derived from the term mozzare, means “cutting by hand,” it referring to the process of separating from the curd, and serving in individual pieces.
Moscardini con le Patate
Moscardini con le Patate, or Baby Octopus and Potato, is typically prepared with baby octopus, red wine vinegar, potatoes, dry white wine, olive oil, onion, garlic, fresh parsley, and some salt and pepper. The octopus simmers in water and red wine vinegar, The locals cook the octopus with water and red wine vinegar meanwhile cooking the potatoes in some salt water. They’re combined over some olive oil, herbs, white wine, and seasonings until the wine evaporates by half.
Spaghetti alla Positano with Tomatoes
Spaghetti alla positano with tomatoes or spaghetti alla positano con pomodori is prepared with spaghetti, anchovy fillets in oil, hot red chiles, olive oil, ripe red tomato, fresh garlic, fresh parsley, and seasonings. The locals make this by boiling the spaghetti and deep frying the anchovy fillets, red chili, garlic, and tomatoes. All ingredients are combined and topped with parsley to make a delicious Campania meal!
Cannoli are prepared with dry white wine, cocoa powder, cinnamon, flour, vegetable shortening, icing sugar, egg, salt, ricotta, icing sugar, dark chocolate chips, and candied peel. It’s prepared by sifting the dry ingredients into a bowl and adding in a beaten egg with vegetable shortening and Marsala wine. This dough is fried and finished off with a filling of the ricotta, icing sugar, chocolate chips, and candied peel.
Assaggio – bringing the Amalfi Coast to Boston
At Assaggio, we strive to bring the alla campagna (Campania-style) dining experience to Boston’s North End.
Our Caprese appetizer has the highest-quality buffalo mozzarella topped with vine ripe tomatoes.
Our Gnocchi alla Sorrentina comes with homemade potato dumplings, mozzarella, tomato and basil, and is a favorite of the Primi Piatti (first plate) dishes.
For your Secondi Piatti (second plate), we highly recommend our grilled scallops, shrimp, calamari, and the catch of the day with our Grigliata.