dining with Federico: 8 ½ course menu

The 34th American Film Market returns to Santa Monica this November, and to celebrate, La Botte Ristorante will pay a culinary homage to the great Italian director Federico Fellini.

La Botte’s Chef Stefano De Lorenzo will guide diners on a tour of the tastes and scents of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, evoking Fellini’s typical menu at his country table in Rimini.

La Botte proposes to “channel” Fellini’s culinary predilections and traditions, playfully manifested in a “8 ½ Course” menu. Each course will introduce an aspect of Fellini’s passion for country cuisine. For Fellini, the culinary style of the Emilia-Romagna region was just as passionate a devotion as film-making.

As the legendary director was noted to say, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”  In “Amarcord” Fellini envisioned food as soothing balm, or in other films, as a taboo (as in 8 ½ and Boccaccio ’70).

The eight-course menu will be priced at $48 including a bold glass of wine.

Scheggia di Reggiano sgocciolato con balsamico pregiato
A sliver of Parmigiano Reggiano with drops of balsamic directly imported from Reggio Emilia

Pomodorini in Burrata

Cherry tomato, Burrata, aged balsamic

Cappelletti in Brodo
Little handmade pasta hats in a meaty, clear broth (choice of veggie broth)

Tigelle in Carrozza

Small round flat bread with a variety of dips
and/or Prosciutto di Parma

Tortelli di Zucca, Burro e Salvia
Pumpkin ravioli, butter and sage

Wagyu beef ragu, seasonal greens pasta (choice of market vegetable lasagna)

Branzino e Melanzane
Sea bass and Eggplant

Semifreddo all’Amaretto
Amaretto ice cream cake

Malvasia Frizzante o Lambrusco
A bold glass of sparkling Malvasia or Lambrusco

“Dining with Fellini” is not only a great chance to celebrate the filmic and gastronomic passions of Fellini, but also to learn about the traditions of Emilia-Romagna, with its fresh pasta, its soups and broths, its farmers’ recipes and seafood plates, and the local light wines meant to be consumed young.

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