Black Norcia truffle season begins at Alta Badia and Segreto


Black Norcia truffle season begins at Alta Badia and Segreto

Dubai, 18 January 2015: Alta Badia in Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Segreto in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, two of the Jumeirah Group’s Italian restaurants, have introduced a truffle tasting menu available until mid-March.
The four or seven course menu showcases the black Norcia truffle, a rare black Umbrian truffle from Italy’s Norcia region that reaches the peak of its season in January. Often known as the ‘black diamond,’ these fresh winter truffles are highly prized by chefs and epicures throughout the world.
To ensure diners discover the flavour and aroma of the black Norcia truffle at exceptional value, guests can choose a four course option for AED 398, the full seven course menu for AED 475 or opt to order any of the truffle dishes à la carte.

Dishes include Carne Salada, cured beef carpaccio, watercress, lemon cream, chestnut and black Norcia truffle; Merluzzi all’Erbe, herb-crusted cod with beetroot, romanesco and black Norcia truffle and Filetto di Vitello, slow-cooked veal fillet, sautéed potatoes, beetroot, parmesan sauce and black Norcia truffle. Beverage pairings are available with each option. 

Jumeirah Group’s Executive Italian Chef, Claudio Melis, said: “All our Italian restaurants are committed to bringing top quality, seasonal ingredients to their menus. The two truffle menus we run, the white alba truffle menu in November and the black truffle menu in January are two of our most popular offerings. Truffles are one of Italy’s finest foods and our chefs love working with them, devising new ways to best show off their qualities.”

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About Alta Badia:
Alta Badia, located on Level 50 of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with the Alta Badia Bar one floor above it on Level 51, has enjoyed much success in its first year of operation. Fast establishing itself as the Italian standard in the city, the simple, elegant dishes from Chef Patron, Claudio Melis’ kitchen bring back locals and tourists time and time again. Leaving the stunning backdrop of Dubai’s skyline to do the talking Alta Badia has understated, smart décor throughout with a wide spiral staircase leading up to the bar above. Both spaces are available for hire. Alta Badia was recently awarded the ‘Marchio Ospitalità Italiana,’ a prestigious certificate of Italian authenticity from the Italian Government Tourist Board (ENIT)About Segreto:Segreto sits hidden in the walkways of the Souk Madinat. With an intimate terrace, softly lit rooftop bar and a waterside terrace this restaurant offers a quiet, romantic setting that promises to deliver something special. Chef Gnanaraj and Chef Melis have developed an exquisite menu showcasing refined Italian classics. Pastas, risottos and beautifully cooked meat and seafood dishes showcase the best of regional Italian cuisine. Segreto has a broad global wine list with many wines available by the glass which are served in the restaurant and on the rooftop terrace.
About Claudio Melis, Jumeirah Group Executive Italian Chef:
Born in Sardinia, Claudio Melis learned to appreciate fresh and simple ingredients while enjoying his mother’s home-cooked meals. In Sardinia he attended the Hotellerie School in Sassari, following which he worked in France and Germany.He then moved to Northern Italy in the Dolomites, he became Executive Chef at Biohotel Hermitage and then Stube Hermitage Restaurant in Madonna di Campiglio. In 2004 he joined Hotel Ciasa Salares and Ristorante La Siriola in Alta Badia as Executive Chef until the end of 2010. During these years Chef Claudio travelled through Europe, from Spain to Denmark and Sweden and US to taste and learn about different cooking styles. He has also authored the book ‘La Cucina a Colori di Claudio Melis’, which was printed in 2008.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand VENU; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia and the UAE. www.jumeirah.com

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