“I love the dynamics of a lemon tart but hate all the fuss –cream decorations and stubborn crusts. To get around all that nonsense, we purposefully crushed our tart. Of course, it isn’t just a one liner but a full flavored experience from the most fragile crust to the peaks of tart, sour, sweet, cured and candied lemon on the plate.”


Candied lemon rind and pulp

Wild apple Mantovan style mostarda

candied ginger

lemon powder

lemon zabaione

lemongrass ice-cream

spiced pasta frolla


80g lemon juice

80g Amalfi limoncello

85g yolks

50g sugar

Lemongrass ice-cream

800g fresh whole milk

200g heavy cream

10 stems of lemongrass

120g sugar

50 di sugar syrup

Zest of 2 lemons


500g of flour

400g of butter

200g powdered sugar

70g egg yolks

20g ground spices: star anise, cinnamon, juniper, pepper, cardamom



Boil water and place a copper bowl on top. Turn off the heat when the bowl is heated.Beat the eggs and the sugar. Mount energetically leaving the bowl over the water. Add the lemon juice and gradually the limoncello. Keep beating until fluffy.

Lemongrass ice-cream

Mix all ingredients in a Thermomix and bring to 85° C at speed 7. When it reaches the correct temperature turn it off, filter the liquid and cool in a bowl over ice. Place in a pacojet and freeze.


Mix bits of cold butter and sugar with fingers. Add the eggs then the flour and knead thoroughly. Let sit for 2 hours on an appropriate size pie plate. Cook at 160° for 8 minutes. Place the crust on the plate. Add the ingredients as if making a mud pie. Then gently crush before serving.

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