An il Fustino recipe

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Author: Alice Waters

A very tasty and striking salad - ALL WHITE!

Serves: 4

Shaved Mushroom, Fennel, and Parmesan Salad


2 small, fennel bulbs
3 large, white mushrooms
1/2 fresh lemon
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
4 tablespoons, il Fustino Ascolano EVOO
salt and pepper


  1. Wash and trim fennel bulbs - cut away feathery tops and root end. If you can only find large bulbs, remove the tough inner core on the root end. Save the fronds for decoration.
  2. Using a vegetable slicer or mandolin slicer, slice the fennel as thinly as possible and scatter over a plate or platter
  3. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  4. Shave mushrooms into paper thin slices and scatter over fennel
  5. Season with more salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and the remaining olive oil
  6. With a cheese slicer or vegetable peeler, shave about 30 thin slivers of Parmesan on top of the fennel and mushrooms. Do not toss!
  7. Using a scissors, decorate with chopped fennel fronds
  8. Serve immediately