Pairing wine with food can be a delicate balance. Some diners have favorite wines, but other guests are willing to experiment. Learning about regions and varietals can make the most ardent Napa wine lover appreciate a stunning Italian red. Francesca’s Amici wants guests to take a journey to the Piedmont region of Italy at Taste of Piedmont.
The annual Taste of Piedmont is an educational wine and dine experience that explores the Piedmont region of Italy. Piedmont is known as a wine lover's paradise with varietals such as Barolo and Barbera. For the event, Francesca's Corporate Executive Chef Massimo Salatino creates a five course meal that transports diners to the region while Corporate Wine Ambassador Joe Fiely explores the wines of the region.
“Piedmont is a region in Italy that’s unexplored by the traditional tourist, which allows to showcase nebbiolo grapes pairing perfectly with the menu that Chef Massimo Salatino created,” Corporate Wine Ambassador Joe Fiely says. “We’re excited to offer guests at Francesca’s Amici a dining exploration touring the tasting notes of each wine presented.”
Taste of Piedmont features the following special wine paired menu.
Insalata di Aragosta
Boston bib lettuce with red grape tomatoes, fennel, fresh orange, grapefruit and lobster tossed in zesty orange vinaigrette
2013 Demarie Roero Arneis
Polenta Fritte e Figgi con Prosciutto
Fried polenta crouton with caramelized figs, fresh goat cheese and crispy prosciutto
2011 Batasiolo Barbera D’Alba
Cannelloni alla Piedmontese
Homemade cannelloni stuffed with wild mushrooms and ricotta cheese, topped with a rustic tomato sauce and baked Piedmont-style
2012 Marchesi di Gresy Nebbiolo
Brasato al Barolo con Patate
Braised beef short ribs with carrots, celery, onions in a Barolo sauce and a twice baked potato
2009 Boroli Barolo
Fragole e Rabarbaro al Forno con Gelato
Sliced strawberries and rhubarb topped with a brown sugar oat crumble and topped with vanilla gelato
Batasiolo Moscato Rose
Taste of Piedmont will be held on Thursday, August 28 at 7 pm at Francesca’s Amici, 174 N. York Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126. The cost is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 630-279-7970.