Luisa Welch, member of the group organises Italian Food and Wine Matching events and this month she has organised a 4 course Sicilian Food and Wine Matching Dinner at Briciole restaurant and deli in Marylebone. Briciole is the sister restaurant to upmarket Latium, and offers the same type of great service, quality food and wine at a very keen price. The name Briciole means ‘crumbs’, referring to the Italian ‘Cucina Povera’ so much in vogue in London at the moment, but crumbs is the last thing you will get here!
Luisa challenged Briciole to come up with a traditional Sicilian menu and wines to match, and she has approached some of best wine producers to bring us some exceptional wines.
Here are more details about the Food and Wine (as written by Luisa):
All Sicilian, the wines include several of this year’s Vinitaly prizewinners, such as Catarratto 2011 from Viticultori Canicatti’, a delicious white from a grape grown exclusively in Sicily, which makes an excellent aperitif. A starter of Marinated swordfish with wild fennel, orange and sunblushed tomatoes will be served with Alastro Grecanico 2011 from the famed and multi award winner winemaker Planeta, and a half portion of Tagliolini with fresh tuna, mint and pinenuts will also be served with the same wine. The main course is a Sicilian speciality, Falsomagro alla Siciliana, rolled beef filled with all sorts of delicacies. The name translates as ‘false lean’, meaning that the dish is more substantial than it looks!. For this, we have a gutsy Nero D’Avola 2010 Terre Saracene, a perfect accompaniment to bring out the rich flavours of the dish. The wine is velvety, with a deep structure and a long finish. There is only one wine to serve with the dessert, Passito di Pantelleria 2010 Solidea, made from 100% Zibibbo grape, based on an original Egyptian grape also called Alexandria Muscat, which only grows in Pantelleria, a small island off the main island of Sicily. Sweet, soft and persistent, it’s perfect with Semifreddo alla Cassata with almond wafer – the dessert which encapsulates what Sicily is all about. Dietary requirements can be catered for if you tell me when booking so that I can pass these on to Luisa.
This four-course dinner with four wines (one as aperitif, three with the dinner), 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 Meetup group so I hope to see you there.