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Sardinian Food and Wine Matching Dinner at Cucina Asellina

Inspired by New York’s sophisticated Asellina restaurant, Cucina Asellina has been designed by architects Foster & Partners to a stunning effect. Inviting and elegant, the food is genuinely Italian but executed with New York flair. Luisa Welch, member of the group has organised another of her excellent Italian food and wine matching dinners and the theme this time is Sardinia. The island produces some excellent wines, which bear little resemblance to those of mainland Italy, in fact, the style is almost French, although the grapes are indigenous. Cannonau (a clone of Grenache), Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon reign supreme here, as well as the Corsican-style Vermentino for the whites.

The menu for this event has been created by Sardinian chef Michele Pais, who is as passionate about the food of his land as he is about the wines. Expect Saffron & shellfish fregola, fresh basil and datterini tomatoes, Roast suckling pig, rosemary potatoes and myrtle sauce, and Pardulas, the typical ricotta, saffron and orange tart. Dietary requirements can be catered for so please let me know if you have any when booking.

At the time of writing, the wines have not yet been finalized, but they will include some of the gorgeous wines from Santadi, one of the most prestigious Sardinian wineries since the 1950’s, whose wines continually come up top in the French Revue des Vins and every year win the ‘due or tre bicchieri’ from the Italian Gambero Rosso, and score over 90/100 from the American Wine Enthusiast.

This event is very keenly priced at just £57 to include service and VAT, wine commentary by Luisa and great company. The reception will start at 7 pm, sitting down at 7.30. I have reserved 10 places for the group.



P.S. The restaurant is part of the new ME Hotel, but has its own entrance on the Strand oppsite the Waldorf Hotel. The Radio Bar on the top floor has stunning views over London and you may like to have a drink there before dinner.

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  • Roland L.

    Finally got round to giving a comment. Another good event organised by Christos; first time that I'd tried both Sardinian wines and Sardinian foods. Both were excellent, only exceeded by the excellent company at the table.

    March 30, 2013

  • Diane

    This was my first time at this group. I enjoyed the food, the wine, and even more the company of Carol, Roland and Susie. Hope to meet others another time.

    March 26, 2013

  • David B.

    I really liked the atmosphere and I found the Sardinian wines really interesting to try out. I particularly liked the stickily because it was not too sticky if you get me! I didn't agree about the dessert with Christos last night and I don't know but the fun in life is debating good fine and wine!!

    March 26, 2013

  • Craig

    A fun group with some AMAZING food and wine. I really felt that I got to try a bit of Sardinian culture, right in the middle of London!

    March 26, 2013

  • Christos

    Cucina Asellina is an elegant, buzzy restaurant with a great atmosphere. The food was mostly delicious though the dessert was rather odd, loved the Vermentino and Carignan. Good company made this a very enjoyable event.

    March 26, 2013

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    March 7, 2013

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