Banfi Toscana – Wine Dinner
Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian – Everett***
Wednesday evening we experience with our friends both old and new another wonderful paring of fine food and wines from family-owned vineyard estate in Tuscany’s Montalcino region, Castello Binfi.
Crostada di Pomodori
Crostada di Pomodori** slow roasted Roma tomatoes and goat cheese with Puff Pastry and Roasted Red Pepper puree. A nice start to a wonderful evening.
Maschio Prosecco** bouquet of peach, with peach flavors.
Orecchiette con Granchio
Orecchiette con Granchio**** Dungeness Crab with Calabrese Sausage in white wine and lemon butter with fresh chives. My mouth waters thinking about the flavors. The Calabrese Sausage had the right amount of spice and fat to match with the wine.
Centine Bianco*** lime, with good acidity, off dry and soft
Agnello alla Griglia
Agnello alla Griglia**** Grilled Petite Lamb Chops with arugula pesto, Heirloom Tomato Concasse and shaved Parmegiano Reggiano. Executive Chef Matt Romeo’s pairing of Heirloom tomatoes with the chops provide many wonderful layers of flavors. The small amount of fat from the lamb chops took the wine to another level.
Banfi Belnero*** fruity with hints of jam, balanced tannins. This was our favored wine of the evening. Wonderful match for the chop.
Vegetate Misto ai Ferri
Vegetate Misto ai Ferri** red onion, zucchini, fennel, roma tomato and roasted peppers in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction with Oregon blue cheese. This coarse offered the most conversation on the way home as will at the table. Isn’t that what wine and food tasting is all about? For me, while there were a lot of subtle flavors, I would have liked a strong flavor that the rest would have worked off of.
Banfi Chianti Classico** good acidity, played will with the vegetables
Decadance di Cioccolata
Decadance di Cioccolata*** chocolate Tort with Rosa Regali Macerated fresh strawberry puree. Rich, rich, rich
Rosa Regale*** aromatic, soft, berry flavors
Thanks to all our friends at Lombardi’s for a most wonderful wine and food paring and to the great conversation at our table. Food always tastes best with friends and wine.