Great food in Italy are often found inside small trattorias tucked inside residential neighborhoods. When the same dishes are exported, especially to Asia, they tend to be served in environments that are over done. Mercante, a relatively new restaurant does away with the stiff service or five star hotel location and offers a small and simple menu that is focused on products from the owner’s home town in Tuscany. As a result, it is one of the most authentic Italian experiences, both in taste and atmosphere, that’s available in Beijing.
I recently asked Francesco Merolla to send over some fabric samples for new shirt commissions. The package that came in the mail was a very pleasant surprise. The swatches are placed inside a trifold post card that is an illustration of Merolla’s store front in Naples. La Bella Figura.
Highlights from the new Brian McKenna restaurant, in my opinion one of the best anywhere in the world.