South Beach Seafood Week       |       October 17 - 21       |       Miami Beach, Florida

South Beach Seafood Festival: In The Kitchen with La Moderna and SoFloFooodie

Enjoy this In The Kitchen guest article by Shay with SoFloFooodie who got ready for the South Beach Seafood Festival with Chef Gianluca Messano of La Moderna.

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Nothing says SEAFOOD GOALS quite like the South Beach Seafood Festival. That’s right, it’s back on October 21st!

Join some of South Florida’s most talented chefs for an unforgettable experience and let’s EAT. I’ll (Shay) be there along with some about 10,000+ other seafoodies, so what are you waiting for?

To get the party started early, I interviewed Chef Gianluca Messano from La Moderna Miami.

While he may be one of the younger chefs in the game, he didn’t come to play…and he brings BIG FLAVOR!

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Here is what he had to say:

Soflofooodie: When did your passion for cooking start?

Chef Gianluca Messano: When I was six or seven years old, I began cooking pasta and other Italian items back home in Italy, it was then I grew a love for cooking.

SFF: What is your favorite dish to cook?

GM: I really enjoy cooking fish because there are so many varieties and flavor options with fish.

SFF: What is the biggest tip during busy hours?

GM: Always stay relaxed. If you become nervous, it reflects through your work. After a long day, make sure you unwind with loved ones and always make time to do the things you love.

SFF: What do you love most about being a chef?

GM: I love to get creative. You can change a recipe over and over again until you feel its just right. When you do, its very rewarding.

SFF: What will you be serving at the seafood fest?

GM: I will be making a marinated salmon dish Marinated for 8-12 hours in balsamic white vinegar, white wine, salt and water. Afterwards it will be served with red onions, tomatoes, dry black olives, celery, arugula and lemon dressing. It’s a recipe that is very difficult and not seen in many places. The flavor combination is unique.

Ladies and gentlemen, I must say, after the first bite, I was immediately able to distinguish each and every flavor within the dish!

The flavor combination with each bite was different and unique. Chef Gianluca sure was right about this one, IT’S ONE OF A KIND! I think you all are really going to enjoy it.

Editor’s Note: In addition to their seafood dish, La Moderna will be serving a variety of their famous wood-fired pizzas!

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You can find Chef Gianluca and the La Moderna team at Saturday’s Main Event on October 21st: the South Beach Seafood Festival! 

So have I gotten your attention yet? If you need any more of an excuse to make sure to attend this event, save 20% on your tickets with code “Sofloseafooodie” here.

Sea you at the festival,


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