17 Sep2008

Mezzaluna

by Marketman

mezzaluna1

No, this post isn’t about the Italian restaurant at Serendra. Not even about the more famous little Italian pizzaria/restaurant from the Upper East Side in New York or its cousin in Vail(?), Colorado. It’s about the actual tool, a half moon shaped cutting implement/blade/knife known as a Mezzaluna. When you have lots of herbs to chop up, I find that using a good sharp mezzaluna is far more finger friendly than using a chef’s knife. When you make a porchetta or any of several mediterranean/mezze style dishes with hugh quantities of chopped herbs, try using one of these knives… they are excellent. The problem with it is I don’t get to use it enough and it tends to get shunted into some dark corner of a drawer or cabinet, for me to discover a few years later…

mezzaluna2

I tend to use mind on a flat wooden chopping board. But I also have a much smaller version with one central handle that is used in a small concave wooden bowl, designed with an angle or curve that mimics the smaller mezzaluna. That version works well for olives, garlic, etc. It takes a few second to get used to the rocking motion needed to use a mezzaluna properly, but once you nail it, you’ll love it!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. miles says:

    aaaah i’ve always wanted to have one since seeing bibba use it on TV years ago. problem is i don’t know how to shop for one….

    Sep 17, 2008 | 3:55 pm

     
  2. Bengski says:

    so, it is called mezzaluna.
    i always see nigella use this gadget.
    i wonder if its available locally…

    Sep 17, 2008 | 4:14 pm

     
  3. kikay says:

    Ah yes, I have this one. I got it because I was jealous of Nigella Lawson’s natural ease in chopping herbs hehe

    Sep 17, 2008 | 4:15 pm

     
  4. sylvia says:

    Just like you, I need to use my mezzaluna more often. It tends to be forgotten because it is tucked away in a drawer with certain seldom used knives and I, instead, automatically reach for the easily accessible knife on the counter.

    Sep 17, 2008 | 4:29 pm

     
  5. AleXena says:

    MarketMan do you know where can I buy one locally and how much do you think it may cost????!!!!!=)

    My eyes brightened the moment I saw it!=)

    Sep 17, 2008 | 4:48 pm

     
  6. Trish says:

    Oh, MM!!! My face lit up when I saw your featured gadget. Coolness!!! This is so perfect to coarsely chop my walnuts. Did you get this any of our local stores? I don’t think I’ve come across it in the homestores I usually go to. This will definitely be on my Christmas wishlist. :)

    Sep 17, 2008 | 4:57 pm

     
  7. Tony Lee says:

    I bought a mezzaluna some years ago when I still lived in England. I found it in John Lewis, an excellent department store in Oxford Street, London.
    I use it mainly for herbs but also if I need finely chopped garlic or onions. It is definitly a “must have” tool for the amateur gourmet.
    Difficult to sharpen though, because of the curved blade.

    Sep 17, 2008 | 5:05 pm

     
  8. Hatari says:

    Gourdo’s used to carry mezzalunas, together with the concave chopping bowl/board. I got mine from them a few years’ back…not sure if they still have them

    Sep 17, 2008 | 5:26 pm

     
  9. joey says:

    I’ve always wanted one of these!

    Sep 17, 2008 | 5:29 pm

     
  10. Rhea says:

    I’ve seen Nigella Lawson use this on several episodes already, and now I finally know it’s name…

    Sep 17, 2008 | 6:42 pm

     
  11. Apicio says:

    Stopped chopping my own fresh herbs with the notable exception of cilantro and chives. Instead, I now pick up already chopped herbs, basil, dill, savory (sarriette) in tiny cubes (smaller than bouillion cubes) arranged in a blister pack that looks like tiny tiny ice-cube tray. I used a small mezzaluna manufactured by Wusthof that cradles in the palm of your hands which was efficient and safe for cutting off equal sizes of pastry dough and still have a gadget that promised so many bright uses while it was in the shop shelf but proved to be vexingly inutil and dangerous in use. It looks like five pizza cutters in a row that trapped between the blades all the herbs that you have chopped that then requires special dexterity and a subsequent trip to the doctor to take out.

    Btw, mezzaluna simply means half-moon. Argentines call their croissant medialuna.

    Sep 17, 2008 | 7:32 pm

     
  12. Bubut says:

    I thought you’re going to use this to the staff of Mad Crowd Media if they send you another mail….hehehe.
    Have a nice day MM!!

    Sep 17, 2008 | 7:33 pm

     
  13. mikel says:

    ahh so that’s what it’s called.

    Sep 17, 2008 | 9:03 pm

     
  14. rose says:

    that is nigella’s favorite kitchen tool

    Sep 17, 2008 | 9:28 pm

     
  15. jdawgg says:

    That is just an ancient tool use to chop stuff by the italians. We have modern gadgets food processor or the mini version.

    Sep 18, 2008 | 2:17 am

     
  16. Jade186 says:

    I love using my mezzaluna. There’s something sensual about gripping the two handles whilst chopping then releasing the wonderful aroma of fresh herbs.

    Sep 18, 2008 | 5:39 am

     
  17. gia mayol says:

    i bought my mezzaluna in rustan’s cebu a couple of years ago.

    Sep 18, 2008 | 6:54 am

     
  18. ratso says:

    they have those at zwilling and henckels stores. there’s one in shangrila

    Sep 18, 2008 | 8:47 am

     
  19. siopao says:

    Landmark in Makati sells a decent Mezzaluna on the cheap :)

    Sep 21, 2008 | 12:12 am

     
  20. marissewalangkaparis says:

    So that’s what it’s called. Mario Batalli uses that and I used to wonder how it’s called…and also Nigella.
    Hmmmm….would be nice to have one…but it might end up like yours MM…in a drawer..often forgotten. Good to know. Learned something today.

    Oct 26, 2008 | 4:57 pm

     
  21. i_live2eat says:

    i saw one in sm home world, under 400php.

    Nov 10, 2008 | 4:40 pm

     
  22. chris says:

    first saw and heard of mezzaluna from the cooking show “biba italia” or something like that years ago on discovery channel.

    Feb 15, 2009 | 8:57 am

     
 

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