Sicilian-born cook Enza Fasciana may have a tiny trattoria at 93 Rue Saint Honoré, Paris, but this talented woman has a huge culinary reputation. Some say she rolls out the best pasta in the city on her authentic wooden table – so much so that The Ritz (whose general manager Christian Boyens is a long-time Fasciana aficionado) has invited her to bring a taste of her homeland to the iconic art deco-style Ritz Bar from November 6-20.
At lunch, Fasciana and her brigade will send out, say, burrata with vegetables and Parma ham; pappardelle with fresh truffles; ravioli paired with pot-au-feu; or rigatoni boscaïola with small mushrooms. “Boscaïola is a traditional way of cooking mushrooms, but we all have our own recipes,” explains Fasciana. To finish, why not try panna cotta and balsamic cream, or the signature tiramisu. “Everything will be Italian,” Fasciana promises.
La Dolce Vita cocktails (limoncello, rum, prosecco, €24 each) are the perfect way to begin an evening visit, alongside antipasti and cicchetti. Dinner is served for two nights only – Saturday November 11 and 18 – and features the same menu as lunch. Wines by the glass include red Phigaia Serafini & Vidotto from Venice, and white Piedmont Parusso Langhe Bianco 2016.
On December 9, Fasciano will reveal the secrets and techniques of making and cooking the perfect pasta and risotto with a masterclass (€175) from 9am-1pm in the state-of-the-art kitchens of The Ritz Escoffier Cooking School.