The evolution of epicurean expression that is Massimo Navarretta has taken many beautiful forms along the more than 30 year journey. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to express myself with restaurants like Enoteca, Scampi, and now Onotria. Growing up on a farm in the vibrant agricultural Italian town of Caserta I stay true to my roots and it is expressed in every dish, as I share glimpses of the first flavors introduced to me as a boy. Starting from my travels in culinary school, I came to understand how through food I could clearly express the essence of each regional cuisine.

Forging relationships with what were, at that time unknown artisanal wine producers (who would later become known as the great producers of their respective regions), I isolated the pronounced flavors inherent in the soil and paired them with local ingredients and intensifying the flavors of each hand crafted dish. This creative and calculated gamble has lead to one of the finest and most sought after cellars in Orange County, coupled with a menu offering dishes whose flavors are complimentary down to your last bite. I am pleased and honored to have you as my guest.

Mangia bene, vivi felice

Friday, August 10, 2012

From Farm to Fork

From the garden to the table, seriously you really can have your cake and eat it too.  We are spoiled here in California with a very friendly climate conducive to growing great veggies.  You can not only eat well, but lose weight while doing so.  This is my breakfast at Onotira and yes i lost 26 lbs. eating delicious healthy organic products straight out of the Onotria garden.  You too can do it with a smile and the grace of God in all of us.  Buongiorno amici!  give you love it is needed.

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