Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

 

 

 

By Katy McCann
May 30, 2022

 

Mark Bolchoz

Mark Bolchoz

At Indaco, which stars rustic Italian fare and wood-fired pizzas, Executive Chef Mark Bolchoz makes a spirited play on the classic carbonara. Both familiar and unexpected flavor elements meet on the plate to create a toothsome dish.

Bolchoz first cures pork belly in a spice rub of black pepper, garlic, juniper and red wine; it’s then diced and rendered to create crispy lardons. “From there, we add black pepper tagliatelle and a splash of lemon juice to the pan and let the sauce come together,” he says. The pasta is finished with Parmesan and chives, although the final touch is the beautiful appeal of a perfect, unbroken egg yolk that crowns the dish. “The idea here is that the guest will give the pasta a good stir with the egg to ultimately finish the ‘carbonara’ sauce,” Bolchoz explains.

The Tagliatelle is consistently among the top sellers on Indaco’s pasta menu. “Crispy bacon and egg yolks with Parmesan have always been a hit,” he says. “We add our own little spin to the presentation, but it’s a pure classic at the foundation.”

 

About The Author

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Katy McCann is a Maine-based writer, wellness and movement instructor, gardener and gin-and-tonic enthusiast.