Chef Matteo Salas Bassani Antivari recently joined the exclusively lovely Dos Casas Boutique Hotel, and within six months this intimate place with its rapturous spa has been called San Miguel’s greatest spot to eat. Not only do guests from the hotel’s 12 rooms come to enjoy the meals created by Chef Matteo, but people from all over Mexico are stepping into this oasis to meet Matteo himself as they gather around his nightly chef table to share each of his creations with him. Indeed, this genius serves the most rarefied dishes – each one prepared on the basis of a single principle: The produce comes first; I respect what is growing at the time, the month, even the week. I will only cook with this”.
Chef Matteo’s commitment to using fresh organic produce as the major determinant maker – he is “merely the maker” of the dish creates a unique symbiotic relationship. His spontaneity and reverence for quality produce he selects from San Miguel’s surrounding areas comprises a kind of culinary marriage the ingredient is the boss; he follows in step.
The bright red “chili” was no chili at all, but a red pepper gelita filled with stunning chocolate. Chocolate brownie crumbs nested as yet another sweet treat to end my final bite into āperi’s awesome dishes. “Matteo the Magnificent” is a gourmet god!
Oh did I forget to mention that each plate looked like an edible painting?