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

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Orange County Farmers Market

Healthy, fun morning out at the Orange County Farmers Market. As is documented, I am a big supporter of farmers markets...for many reasons! They are fun for families, you can exercise all of your senses, and they are a great way to support your local economies. I was invited to celebrate the Orange County Farmers Markets 20th Anniversary, and participate in a chef cook-off.

Here is an example of fresh Branzino and red chili peppers from the farmers market, accompanied by spices from Onotria Boutique.

Simple preparations.

Behind the scenes..backstage pass!

Yes, I have that effect on people.

 My favorite crowd; young people that are enthusiastic about cooking fresh, amazing food.

Of course...a selfie! I couldn't resist.

Don't forget to pick up a copy of my new cookbook, "Ingredients For Life," when you come to dine at Onotria!

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