I have to share with you a gem we have found here in Bath. A Neapolitan restaurant called Yammo!
Having lived in Napoli, Italia as a child and later as a teen I have become a food snob when it comes to Italian food. I resist going to any so-called ‘Italian’ restaurants in the USA and only found one in Malibu, California that came close to the food on which I was brought up. We stumbled upon Yammo one evening for dinner as our stomachs were growling, not knowing what was in store for us. I was taking by surprise by finding a restaurant owned by a man from Napoli and won over by the amazing food. I have never tasted a pizza that tasted like the pizza from my home in bella Napoli, until I went to Yammo. One taste of the sauce on the pizza margherita and I was transported back home. We have since decided it is our favourite resturant in Bath and have returned to dine in as well as to order pizza delivery to our home.
For my birthday this year all I would have loved to go home to see my friends and ‘family’ in Napoli. My husband got me the second best thing which was to attend a Panettone demonstration with Ottavia of Ottavia in Cucina at Yammo with a free coffee and tasting session. I have only ever eaten panettone, never have I made one. Last year my mum (known as ‘Nonna’) and sister came for Christmas and we were all gutted that we did not get a panettone to share for the holidays. Needless to say I was very excited to be able to learn all the steps for making this Christmas treat from Italia.
I felt I had learned so much more than just how to make panettone from Ottavia at the panettone demonstration at Yammo. Not only was I enjoying hearing her accent but she was filled with rich information about which ingredients will produce a better panettone and explaining the science behind cooking this yeasted rich bread. In the photos above she shared tips of how to preserve the aroma from the orange zest by mixing it with your butter first, how to make your own candied fruits, the tools she uses for when she is kneading the dough, and how to hang your panettone upside down after it has finished baking.
The demonstration was amazing. I only wish we could have made it there as part of the class. I did however get to buy panettone cases so I can try this at home.This was my first time having homemade panettone, having grown up eating the ones from the store for Christmas in Napoli, Italia. It was really soft and the most delicious panettone I have ever eaten. I cannot wait to make my own this year too! Thank you so much to Ottavia and to Yammo for hosting such an amazing afternoon!
66 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BD
For delivery call 01225 938328
Ottavia in Cucina
Q: Have you ever tried Italy’s beloved Panettone or made one at home?
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Checking in on the Nutcracker this morning, Prince Ice, who was up last night playing cards with T.Rex for peanut m&ms. Unfortunately with T.Rex’s limited arm reach and after the Maddox broke the Nutcracker by having him eat a jelly bean, neither of them could enjoy their winnings. So the treats were left for the boys to enjoy with a game of cards after school.
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