The first serve (Battuta d’inizio) by Davide Oldani

INGREDIENTS (for 4 people):

Gorgonzola Mousse:

70g sweet gorgonzola

10g mascarpone cheese

40g ricotta cheese (cow ricotta)

5g salt

4g gelatine

20g heated cream

50g whipped cream

Ball coverage:

100g cocoa butter

1g saffron powder


50g germinated teff (for the grass)

100g apple and pear chutney

10g puffed amaranth

First serve/battuta d'inizio by Davide Oldani. Photo:  Brambilla Serrani
First serve/battuta d’inizio by Davide Oldani. Photo: Brambilla Serrani
Gorgonzola Mousse:

1. Whip 50g of cream in the mixing bowl. Dissolve the gelatine in cold water. Heat the remaining 25g of cream and mix it with the gelatine.

2. Mix and blend the heated cream, gorgonzola, mascarpone and ricotta cheese.

3. Mix carefully the purée with the whipped cream and put it into the moulds.

4. Put the moulds in a blast chiller for two hours.

5. Remove the ball from the moulds and stencil spray the ball with cocoa butter and saffron for the coverage.


Place the chutney, the germinated teff and the puffed amaranth in the middle of the dish, placing the tennis ball last.


Davide Oldani, D’O, (San Pietro all’Olmo di Cornaredo MI, Italy)

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