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Chapter I

a royal banquet

It all began on the 7th April 1768, when the Bourbon king Ferdinand IV married Maria Carolina of Austria, an intelligent, refined and strong-willed woman and a lover of culture and beauty. For the royal wedding, her sister, the French Queen Marie Antoinette, sent the two most important chefs from Versailles to the Bourbon court to prepare a sumptuous and spectacular banquet, and it was this occasion that marked the beginning of the ‘reign’ of the Monzù. This royal event established a twofold union: between the Bourbon king and the Austrian Princess, and between the French culinary taste and the age-old recipes of Arab-Norman and Spanish origin from the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

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chapter ⅠⅠ

The Monzù

From the moment that Queen Maria Carolina brought French tastes, trends and the cuisine of which she was extremely fond, to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the figure of the Monzù, a dialectic inflexion of “Monsieur”, a word that servants found difficult to pronounce, made its appearance at court and in aristocratic residences. This was the beginning of the era of an important figure, the emblem of refinement at table, indispensible to the point that a noble residence could not be considered such without a Prince and his Monzù.

Since 1768 as a vow and out of love

Since 1768 as a vow and out of love
chapter ⅠⅠⅠ

The Cuisine in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

Monzù cuisine revised and refined the magnificent dishes of that period and was the expression of the cookery traditions of aristocratically oriented southern Italy, deeply attached to an over-elaborate and refined cuisine, where the pleasures of the palate wed those of the eye. This tradition is still alive today, and is narrated through symbols, images and flavours of those aristocratic residences, the theatres of sumptuous dinners and splendid balls that marked an era of luxury and elegance.

From 1768 to today

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chapter ⅠⅤ

Land, sea, sweets and cakes

Monzù products are territorial excellences in taste: a collection of flavours that spring from deep knowledge of the past, and which make up a unique Ensemble withheld from many, whose rediscovery today is an incomparable experience. These excellences are also rarities such as black lentils, which cannot be harvested by machine; rice, in the eighteenth century Prince Biscari owned one of the most important cultivations in Europe; salt from Mozia; citrus fruit marmalade containing small pieces of rind, as the Monzù had taught; rosolio made by infusion, and the countless other recipes that build up a temple of inimitable flavours and sensations.

Monzù land produce conserves

Le Conserve di Terra del Monzù

Monzù sweet creamy spreads

Le Creme Dolci del Monzù

Monzù fruit conserves

Le Conserve di Frutta del Monzù
chapter Ⅴ

The Monzù pantry

Conserves of sea and land produce, sweetmeats made by nuns of cloistered orders, delicatessen that brightened the final stages of dinners and the balls in the many aristocratic houses are today prepared in artisan manner and packed as precious testimony. A Wunderkammer of flavours where each product is jealously guarded as if it were a wonder and a rarity to preserve under protection of crystal bell jars, recalling those unique and extraordinary objects in the collections of the enlightened Princes of the eighteenth century.

sea

tuna bottarga with olive oil

tuna bottarga with olive oil
sea

swordfish fillets in olive oil

swordfish fillets in olive oil
land

cutted sicilian artichokes

cutted sicilian artichokes
land

pistachio pesto

pistachio pesto
pasta

sicilian busiate

sicilian busiate
pasta

sicilian petals

sicilian petals
rice

arborio rice

arborio rice
lentils

black lentils

black lentils
oil

extra virgin olive oil
from organic farming

extra virgin olive oil - from organic farming
fruit

sicilian white peaches in syrup

sicilian white peaches in syrup
fruit

sicilian yellow peaches in syrup

sicilian yellow peaches in syrup
sweets

centuries-old modican chocolate

centuries-old modican chocolate
sweets

small almond cakes

small almond cakes
sweet creams

almond creamy spread
from organic farming

almond creamy spread - from organic farming
sweet creams

pistachio creamy spread

pistachio creamy spread
honey

pistachio honey

pistachio honey
honey

zagara honey with almonds

zagara honey with almonds
almond milk

sicilian almond milk

sicilian almond milk
fruit to drink

sicilian lemon juice

sicilian lemon juice
fruit to drink

sicilian mandarin juice

sicilian mandarin juice
table liquor and spirits

sicilian oranges liquor

sicilian oranges liquor
table liquor and spirits

sicilian cinnamon liquor

sicilian cinnamon liquor
table art

setting the table with style

setting the table with style
table art

setting the table with style

setting the table with style
chapter ⅤⅠ

Symbology

Traditional symbols and signs belonging to past dominations nowadays dress Monzù products that are presented in elegant and preciously crafted caskets. Thus Monzù hands down a very rich culture: that of a land so wonderful that it was not “a land to conquer”, but rather a land “that conquered”, causing the peoples that experienced it to be inebriated with its beauty.

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  • Donkey

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  • General

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  • Leopard

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  • Emperor

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