Ahhh….remnants of another amazing extended weekend in West Palm Beach where the focus is always on the good life. Being a creature of habit, I wasted no time getting to one of my most favorite restaurants in West Palm – - La Sirena. This was my Saturday night splurge and I have no regrets.
I’ve been coming to La Sirena for the past four years and I’ve never experienced a dish I did not love, nor have I ever felt as if I were dining out. Since meeting Diane and Marcello, their charm and exquisite food has created this unquenchable desire that only returned visits can attempt to satisfy – - and I’m all about the return. So countless meals later, I decided it was time to step into the kitchen and witness perfection in motion. As I made my way to the kitchen, on a “Busy as Hell” Saturday night, I was shocked, no blown away and forever changed by this one man operation. With his assistant, Mira, who’s been with him for the past sixteen years, the dishes created deserved to be featured in my “Michelin, Never Plan Without It“ post. Seriously, this is one place you should make ever effort to get a table and experience what Marcello’s cuisine evokes – - It is life changing, in all the right ways!!!!
I came with camera and appetite. The plan was to eat my way through the menu and get as many mouthwatering photos of what has to be the most delicious and authentic Italian cuisine outside Italy but, my camera made other plans. Snap one, awesome escargot and polenta. Snaps two, three and four, “Perfection” in motion – - Marcello. And then the shutter failed. Needless to say I’m extremely disappointed that I could not share photos of the delicate ravioli that simply melted in my mouth or the the Involtini di Pollo Saltrani (a chicken breast pounded thin and stuffed with veal, spinach & cheeses, served with a sauce of black truffles & shallots) that makes one wonder how on earth is this possible or the stunning, palate pleasing 2005 Montevetrano from Silvia Imparto (Campania, Italy). A wine with excellent depth, harmonious flavors and texture so smooth and soothing it literally enveloped my Involtini di Pollo Saltrani and drew out nuances only the Italians know how to do. As the evening progressed, the food kept coming and the wine kept flowing thanks to Andreas a.k.a wine god. With one last try, I reached for my camera to memorialize this return and got one last shot – - Dessert!!! I emailed Diane in advance to request this dessert. I was told it’s Marcello’s mother’s secret recipe – - one he doesn’t know. So I shall end this with a special thank you to Marcello’s mother for two amazing gifts: Marcello and that remarkable dessert. Oh Diane…..cake and ice cream, PLEASE!!!!!