An Italian Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

Petersham Nurseries has always been on my wish list of restaurants to visit. I’d heard rumours of the beautiful surroundings and fresh seasonal cuisine, but never managed to visit the remote restaurant that is located on the outskirts of Richmond.

Last week I was one of the lucky few to attend a bespoke dining experience at Petersham Nurseries to celebrate the perfect pair of products from the Italian Region of Emilia Romagna: Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O.

An Italian Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

A group of culinary experts sat in one of the leafy greenhouses for a set lunch by renowned Head Chef at Petersham Nurseries, Damian Clisby, and Head Chef of Nido del Picchio, Daniele Repetti. The two chefs worked together to create a menu with recipes featuring and inspired by the different ages of Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O. 

An Italian Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

Whimsical floral bouquets adorned the tables and sets of silver cutlery were set out awaiting our grand five-course Italian meal.

An Italian Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

But before it was time to feast we had an informative talk from Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O. experts who explained the processes of making these precious products and how to taste the difference in ages of the cheese and vinegars. 

An Italian Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

Lunch Menu: 

  • 24, 36, 48 Month Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O., Spring Vegetables, Speck & Haye Farm Egg with 25 Year Old Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O. Extra Vecchio
  • 24 Month Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. Cheese Terrine with Herbs, Asparagus tips, Flowers with 12 Year Old Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O.
  • 24 Month Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. Cappelletti Pasta in Asparagus, Mushroom and Seaweed Broth
  • Lamb Cutlet, Artichoke Alla Romana with 24 Month Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. with 12 Year Old Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O.
  • Coffee Mousse, Chocolate Ganache, Creamy Cardamom Milk, Beetroot Coral & Green Coffee Meringue with 25 Year Old Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O. Extra Vecchio

An Italian Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

Though the flavour of Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O. are very strong, the chefs managed to cleverly balance the flavours and textures of each dish to show different qualities of the ingredients. My favourite course was without a doubt the homemade cappelletti pasta, filled with rich 24 Month Parmigiano Reggiano, cooked to perfection and served in a delicate vegetable broth. It was a comforting but refined dish that I remember fondly.

An Italian Lunch at Petersham Nurseries

The dessert was sensational too, a strange but tasty combination of flavours, which combined to make a magical pudding full of intrigue and delight. The deep coffee flavour combined beautifully with the earthy beetroot and sweet chocolate.

After four hours of eating, drinking and discussing food it was sadly time for the meal to end. My first visit to Petersham Nurseries exceeded all my expectations thanks to the special feast of Parmigiano Reggiano P.D.O. and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena P.D.O. recipes.

More information and book a table at Petersham Nurseries here.

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