Known for bringing a taste of Italy to Bermuda,
D’Amato is responsible for the always delicious Italian fare that has been a favourite of locals for years.
For his prix-fixe menu, the chef added a decidedly Italian flair to favourite local dishes, including
codfish and potatoes and banana bread, and even
incorporated Portuguese chourico in a risotto.
For his twist on Bermuda’s unofficial national
dish, D’Amato created baccala mantecato—
mashed codfish on a sliced roasted potato in
a lightly spicy tomato sauce, avocado mousse
and fried banana. His other starter was an Italian
favourite, zuppa di fagioli (cannellini beans, kale
and potato soup). For main courses, he offered
risotto zucca e salciccia Portoghese—risotto with
roasted local pumpkin, chourico and Italian Parmesan cheese—and petto di pollo ripieno—roasted
chicken breast filled with Italian sausage and
topped with arrabbiata sauce. Dessert was delightful warm banana bread served with Gosling’s
Black Rum ice cream.
The chef’s clever incorporation of favourite local
flavours alongside popular Italian staples made La
Trattoria a huge hit at this year’s Restaurant Weeks.
In the $29 tier, the top vote-getter
was La Trattoria, and executive chef
Angelo D’Amato received the award
for third place overall.
PHOTO: MEREDITH ANDREWS