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Amalfi Coast Dining Experience

 Mary Ann Cricchio, the proprietor of Da Mimmo, her son Mimmo Jr. and Executive Chef Masood had the pleasure of visiting the Amalfi Coast once again this summer.  While there, they visited with chefs, wine makers and ceramic artisans to be able to create an authentic Amalfi Coast experience for you here in Baltimore’s famous Little Italy.

 Their first stop of their Amalfi Coast adventure was Ristorante Scirocco located on Montepertuso overlooking scenic Positano.  Chef Masood had the honor of working with Executive Chef Pasquale Amendola four years ago at the famed Leading Hotel of the World, Le Sirenuse in Positano.  After working 16 years in the kitchen at Le Sirenuse, Chef Pasquale decided to open his own family run restaurant, Scirocco.  Chef Pasquale prepares genuine Amalfi Coast recipes and gourmet specialties.  Working side by side, in the kitchen of Ristorante Scirocco this July, Chefs Pasquale and Masood have chosen dishes to recreate at Da Mimmo to make you feel as though you were sitting on the Amalfi Coast overlooking Positano.

The second stop for the trio was the Vineyards of Feudi di San Gregorio.  Located in the Campania region, in the hills of Avellino, the climate is extremely advantageous to producing fine wines.  It is hot during the day and cool at night.  Because the vineyard is situated in the mountains, all of the grapes are collected by hand.  They are placed in wooden barrels from France and then bottles, which are marked and hand turned.  With the guidance of wine specialist, Cinzia Alvino, a tasting took place to choose the specific wines that would compliment Chef Pasquale’s Amalfi Coast dishes.

A visit to the Amalfi Coast would not be complete without a visit to one of the local ceramic artisans.  The group found whom they believe to be the best, Ceramiche d’Arte, located in Ravello.


The Dining Room at Ristorante Scirocco
Mary Ann, Chef Pasquale and Chef Masood

Scirocco's Bar
Marco and Luca

Mimmo Jr., Chef Masood, Executive Chef Pasquale,
Pastry Chef Francesco and Sous Chef Gennaro

Chef Pasquale prepares
their signature Ravioli Dish

Dining Room Manager and Nephew Marco looks on

The Two Chefs are happy with their creation

Mimmo Jr. and the vineyard

Chef Masood, Mary Ann and Mimmo

Wine Bottles are marked so they can be turned by hand

Feudi di San Gregoio's wine selection store

Chef Masood & Signora Friedgen at the Amalfi Coast Dinner
Sept 19, 2008

Signorina Friedgen & Ristorante Scirocco Ceramic Spoonrest

Mary Ann, Chef Masood & Larry Friedman

The Dember's travelled from New Jersy to dine with us

Mrs Lou Ann Dellon & Dr. A. Lee Dellon

Larry enjoys Spinach & Cheese Ravioli con Pomodorini

The crowd listens to the wine presentation


Dining Room Manager, Marco, Chef Masood,
Chef Pasquale and Mimmo Jr.

View from Scirocco
overlooks famous Positano

Chef Pasquale and Chef Masood
in the kitchen at Scirocco

Chef Pasquale plates up
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Pomodorini

The Finished Product

Chef Masood, Mimmo Jr., and Mary Ann
visit the vineyards of Feudi di San Gregorio

Chef Masood and Mimmo with the wine bottles

Mimmo Jr. in the tasting room
with the wine barrels in the background

Chef Masood and Larry Friedman

Paula Kreuzburg, Frank & Mia Illiano & friends from Mt Airy

Chef Masood receives applause from the satisfied diners

Mimmo and Sharon Dickerson from the Annapolis Symphony

La Famiglia Friedgen from
the University of Maryland...GO TERPS

Swordfish Rollettini with pomodorini, zucchini & eggplant

Senator Mike Collins with Mark and Heidi
celebrating their 10th anniversary

Larry Friedman speaks about our wine selections

Chef Masood describes his Amalfi Coast dishes


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