Q & A with Ignacio Mattos of Isa

Anna Mowry interviews chef Ignacio Mattos of Isa

 

After years of cooking faithful renderings of authentic Italian cuisine at Il Buco, chef Ignacio Mattos crossed the East River and introduced Brooklyn to his  "modern primitive" aesthetic at Isa. Now that the restaurant is up for a Best New Restaurant award, we caught up with Mattos to talk about his plating philosophy and cooking in Brooklyn.

 

JBF: Smoke and wood play a big role in Isa, from the food to the décor. What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever smoked?

 

IM: One time I smoked some butter, but I can’t remember what it was for. At Isa we have smoked pretty much everything. 

 

JBF: Many of Isa’s desserts are rooted in vegetal and other unexpected flavors. What’s the thought process behind creating a dessert?

 

IM: Pam Yung, our very talented pastry chef, has a very refined and elegant... Read more >

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