Tis the time of year when we sip lots of bubbly! My hope is, what ever you are sipping, it is drink worthy and delicious. Or, in Italian “Delizioso”. A few days before Thanksgiving, I had the lovely experience of participating in an online Italian wine dinner sponsored by the Italy-American Chamber of Commerce of Texas. The food and wine was conveniently delivered to my home, and inside the dinner backpack loaded with lots of morsels and vino.
Uncorking the sample bottle of Biasiotto Zero 15, I was completely expecting the sparking wine to be semi-dry and have some sweetness. Boy, I was totally wrong. It was remarkably dry, fresh and aromatic. Honeysuckle on the nose with green apple and pears on the palate. Biasiotto Spumante Extra Brut 100% Glera, and I know my Prosecco peeps will love to taste this too. I could ideally sip this “delizioso” Italian sparking wine all by itself, or enjoy paired with hors d’oeuvres, and antipasto. You can now find the Biasiotto Zero 15, at the Houston Kroger in the Houston Heights for $15.99. I myself have already picked up a few bottles of the Biasiotto Zero 15 from Kroger for this holiday sipping, and for a few Christmas gifts.
From the lovey Italian wine dinner the antipasto (photo below), and all of the food pairings were provided courtesy of Amalfi Houston Restaurant. Thin slices of Italian imported Prosciutto di Parma served with freshly grated Grana Padano, pickled vegetables, olives, and focaccia. Another fabulous Italian wine sample included with the dinner pack a 2019 “Campo Delle Rosé” by Tinazzi. This Rosé should soon be available at the Specs Houston downtown location.
Gnocchi Alla Romana (photo below). Traditional Roman style Gnocchi, made with semolina flour and Grana Padano PDO 10 months aged cheese, wrapped in Prosciutto di Parma and gratin with butter and sage sauce.
Vitello Tonnato (photo below) Cold Roast Veal carpaccio style topped with “Tonnato Sauce” made with mayonnaise, tuna, capers, and anchovies, served with roasted asparagus and fingerling potatoes.
Grande Strudel Di Mele (photo below) “Apples Strudel” Paper thin pastry rolled up with sautéed apples, pine nuts, raisins, an cinnamon served with caramel sauce.
Such an enjoyable evening of fine eats from Amalfi Restaurant and vino.
The dinner presentation also included a Grana Padano Master Class, a Grana Padano sample, and Grana Padano recipe booklet. Stay tuned, my next post is on the Grana Padano “roasted potato salad” recipe (photo below). I am so making this recipe again for my Christmas dinner side dish. Delizioso!