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Despana's Bottarga, Mojama and Pequillo Peppers

Benjamin68 | Mar 29, 2008 07:10 AM

I'd been disappointed with the quality of the bottarga that I bought at Buon Italia in the past, but wasn't able to find any other purveyors in town. However, I recently learned that Despana carries it and bought a piece yesterday. After removing the price tag on the package so my wife wouldn't go ballistic, I made some scrambled eggs with parsley and bottarga this morning. Hello! Let's just say Despana's mullet bottarga blows away either the mullet or tuna offerings at Buon Italia, which, of course, does a lot of other things well (their pancetta, for instance, is superb). Incidentally, if you do find yourself at Depsana, I would also recommend their mojama (air-dried tuna), which you should ask them to slice razor thin. It is incredible and packs a distinctive flavor wallop. (Like bottarga, a little goes a long way.) I imagine, the only thing preventing it from a wider audience is the price. Lastly, they also carry the best brand of pequillo peppers I've ever had, sold whole, too. Pequillo peppers are an eye-opener if you've never had them.

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