"I've been on yachts, serving the clients of Michelin-starred restaurants for 10 years, and yet I've never eaten at a Michelin-starred restaurant!" exclaimed Below Deck Mediterranean chef Adam Glick, who got his first taste of Michelin-rated excellence when he had dinner with the crew at Palazzo Petrucci Ristorante in Naples, Italy.
Located in a historic building on Villa Donn'Anna beach in Posillipo, Palazzo Petrucci is the first restaurant in the area to have earned a Michelin star, which was awarded in 2008, the second year of business. The restaurant offers an à la carte menu as well as three levels of five-course tasting menus, including one which begins with a "fantasy fish" sequence of bites and continues with a soup, pasta, main course, and dessert.
Among the eatery's signature offerings, which the crew sampled, is a rare blue lobster stuffed with caponata, and Buffalo mozzarella cheese with red prawns from Sicily.
Something quite unique to Palazzo Petrucci is the opportunities the restaurant affords to diners to learn how it all comes together in the kitchen. Twice a week, chef Lino Scarallo offers personal lessons in the kitchen where the student helps to prepare dinner and learns along the way.
Chef Adam was really impressed with his dinner at Palazzo Petrucci, which inspired him to rethink his whole approach to cooking — and question the competence of his Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier, who doesn't always present all the details of his dishes to the passengers with as much knowledge and grace as the servers at Palazzo Petrucci.
"I genuinely love watching these professionals do their job," Adam said, obviously in awe.
"This is making me feel like a s---ty chef," he laughed.
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