When we first spoke to Italian maestro Luca De Marzio four years ago, he told us that his approach to cooking was very straightforward. “Buy only the best because high quality ingredients make everything easier for everyone.”
Now the popular Roman chef is forging new pathways as a purveyor of excellent produce himself.
Spurred on by the recent lockdown, he set up Rosa Madre at Home, an online ordering system offering a terrific selection of starters, pastas, freshly made sauces and desserts, alongside a nice selection of wine.
Instagram photos of Luca’s stunning culinary creations subsequently led to approaches from a number of restaurants and hotels to supply fresh pasta to them, while talks are ongoing with one high-end deli also interested in stocking his pasta and sauces.
Somewhat uniquely, Luca’s fresh pasta contains just three ingredients; Semolino Flour sourced from Italy, Irish Free Range Eggs and Salt. The pasta is then pasteurised, chill blasted and packaged, without any preservatives.
The purity of the process results in a shelf life of just ten days, but Luca believes it is best not to compromise the texture and taste with unnecessary additives.
Luca is confident that “This is probably the best pasta you can currently buy in Ireland.”
As our restaurant critic might say, he’ll get no argument from us.