2017-08-10 / Cuisine


The Dish: Duck Breast with Caramelized Fig and Port Reduction

The Price: $24

The Place: IM Tapas

965 Fourth Ave. N.

The Hours: Monday-Saturday, open at 5:30 p.m.

The Menu: www.imtapas.com

The Details: You’re transported to a cozy Barcelona bistro, perfect for enjoying all the traditional flavors, elegance and passions of Spain, when you enter IM Tapas. Nestled in the heart of Naples, this true insider’s secret is both intimate restaurant and art gallery. Flamenco and jazz caress your thoughts as you savor the warm bread and piquillo pepper-hummus dip. Start with artichoke hearts filled with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, luscious spinach or salt cod croquettes, Jamón de Bellota, paellas, seared octopus or a skewer of Moroccan spiced pork tenderloin. I love the exquisite panko crusted zucchini flowers filled with melted goat cheese and shallots.

But my fave is the 8-ounce Pennsylvania Peking duck breast, served medium rare and perfectly charred, with caramelized fig and a sprig of flash-fried basil that melts like snow on your tongue. Pair this with a glass of Antidoto Tempranillo or Domaine Serene Pinot Noir and savor every drop of the ruby red port reduction.

One More Thing: Finish your meal at IM Tapas with crema Catalana with a touch of orange rind and cinnamon, coffee flan baked by the chef’s mom or a fresh baked tarta de Santiago. ¦

— Ivan Seligman ivandenaples@hotmail.com

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