Ristorante Antipasti’s Fausto DiCarlo is known for serving wonderfully flavored meals each night, and by following his advice, you can, too
Cooking is often a labor of love, and whether discussing the talents of a truly great restaurant chef or a top-notch cook at home, they have one thing in common: a passion for the details.
For Fausto DiCarlo, Ristorante Antipasti’s owner and executive chef, extraordinary-tasting meals do not need to contain extraordinarily difficult instructions. Take, for example, his specialty from Firenze (Florence), Italy. With a handful of ingredients, you can serve up a delicious and light dinner in less than 30 minutes — just like Fausto.
“Simplicity is the best recipe in the world,” Fausto said. “This is one great example. Start with a plain, dry chicken cutlet. Top the chicken with Mortadella, which is an Italian coldcut, and continue topping with arugula, two slices of fresh tomato, grilled shallots and a slice of provolone. Add a little bit of Italian dressing with white balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
“Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and bake this dish for 15-16 minutes,” he continued. “Then you’re all done. Badda boom! You have a great-tasting meal that everyone will love.”