Fresh Look: Chef Maurizio Ferrarese Puts His Stamp On Sud Italia
Sud Italia recently landed Maurizio Ferrarese, the well known Italian chef from Quattro at the Four Seasons. Owner Shanon Scott brought Ferrarese on board in December, and over the past month the chef has been focusing on new dishes inspired by Italian coastal cuisine, fresh seafood and fresh pasta. New items are sprinkled throughout the lunch and dinner menus and Scott is thinking about launching a family style menu over the next few months. Here are some of the new dishes we sampled on a recent visit as guests of the restaurant.
Staying with pasta, the Strozzapretti con Ragu di Manzo is a standout. Described as a “non-traditionally cooked choking the priest pasta“, this short rib ragout is intensely rich and very flavorful. The pasta is actually cooked in the sauce with the short ribs, ensuring that it absorbs the full flavor of the ragout. Served with fresh Parmesan cheese, this hearty dish will satisfy both meat and pasta lovers and is on the dinner menu for $17.
Back on the lighter side is the Zuppa di Mare n Cartoccio. Brought to the table still steaming inside the bag it was prepared in, this dish is served table-side, then poured directly into the bowl. The clear, savory fish broth pulls flavors from the Atlantic sea bass, black mussels, fingerling potatoes and leccino olives from the simmering process. This dish can be eaten as a soup with mouthfuls of fresh seafood or you can save the broth for later to soak up with fresh bread. It is on the dinner menu for $32.
Scott has always taken a very hands-on approach to everything at Sud Italia from the menu to the decor. With Ferrarese on board, we are excited to see and taste what comes next.
Sud Italia is located at 2347 University Boulevard and open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Brunch is served on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed on Sundays.