Campari Ristorante’s Fusion of Live World Music and Food is in full swing and has been drawing in quite a crowd at the cozy Northport establishment. Since last month, on Saturday nights, owner and chef Danyell Miller has transformed her Italian eatery to what she calls the Sweet Spot at Cucina ‘D.’ For one night a week, the restaurant becomes a night club of sorts, combining live international music by talented musicians and perfectly prepared food from regions where the music is from. “I’m amazed at the response I have received,” says Miller. “People have really embraced what it is we’re trying to do here.”
Miller carefully researches and develops the menus to go with the music, and she is proving that her talents go beyond her Italian cooking roots. “Spices, peppers, travel, influence and integration all play a part into our culinary culture,” she days. “It is my hope that people will join us for a truly unique dining experience. It’s a musical journey to different cultures with fresh, local and seasonally delicious inspired menus every week.”
This Saturday, March 14, diners will be transported to South Africa through spices and sound. Lisedi Ntsan, known as “The African Man behind the trumpet,” was born and raised in Kwa-Thema, Gauteng, in South Africa. Born into a musically inclined family, Ntsan learned to play the trumpet at age four and has been playing his heart out ever since.Ntsan holds a National Diploma in Music with distinctions from the Tshwane University of Technology. Back in 2011, he left his country and sacrificed everything to attend a three-year course at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where some of the world’s best jazz musicians have attended. This weekend he will be performing a set of original compositions with fellow musicians Nick Dunston and Zan Tetickovic.
As for the food, Miller put together an amazing South African menu. Appetizers include roti with Cape Malay curry dip and pappadew hummus, Soweto Sounds skewers with peri peri sauce, and Funky Frikadels, braised veggie meatballs. For a salad, We Boppin’ is a traditional salad comprised of hardboiled egg, sun-dried tomato and lemon chive dressing. The soup of the day is umngohshu stambu soup made of crushed corn and beans. For entrees, a Yebo veggie burger will be offered, as well as BoerWors “Farmer’s Sausage” and chakalaka. Finally, a traditional Capetown saffron seafood stew called IsoPho Potjie rounds out the menu.
General admission is $25 and includes a ticket for the show, small tapas and wine. The prix fixe dinner is $50 and includes a ticket, three-course dinner and wine. For tickets and reservations call 631.7576700. Seating is at 8 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 9 p.m..