On Pasta, Household and a Highway Journey to Three Stellar Wineries in Central Italy






It’s not a giant secret that when Nonna makes her particular pasta, the household gathers round. Rising up within the suburbs of Philadelphia, our across-the-street neighbor from Sicily, started making do-it-yourself pasta and cooking her well-known pasta gravy at lunchtime. Aromas of herbs, spices and tomatoes wafted down the road through the afternoon and all of us enjoying exterior did our greatest to garner an invite to their 5pm dinner. Alas, company have been rare guests on the desk since pasta night time was household time for the Calderones and their seven kids.

Quick ahead to earlier this summer season after I was a participant in a highway journey via Central Italy with 4 wine writers. Every of us put our boots on the bottom and palates to the take a look at when visiting three notable wineries in Tuscany, Umbria and Marche. Among the many many revelations through the experiences have been the distinctive pastas and wines for pairing. With every chew and sip, I felt like part of an Italian household with Nonna (if not Mrs. Calderone) within the kitchen cooking only for me.


Following are pastas and wines from every vineyard and fact be advised, I’m nonetheless craving all of it. Hopefully, you’re simply as impressed as I’m to assemble your individual household across the desk and bask in a luscious bowl of pasta and glass or two of high quality wine from all or any of those producers. Cin cin!

I Veroni – Mezze Maniche Pasta and I Domi Chianti Rufina 2021

After a tour of I Veroni, then an epic jeep tour of the vineyards positioned in Chianti Rufina in Tuscany, our group was prepared for lunch. Our first course was Mezze Maniche pasta (which means half-sleeve) cooked to closing perfection by Luca Innocenti, I Veroni’s advertising and marketing and gross sales director. Mezze Maniche pasta is alleged to be from northern Italy and is utilized in a plethora of recipes, due to its capacity to pair with greens, meat and seafood. Dried Mezze Maniche pasta tubes are often, however not at all times, grooved and are about half the dimensions of rigatoni.


The Mezze Maniche pasta at lunch contained calmly sauteed zucchini nestled inside every tube. With nothing greater than olive oil, salt and pepper, then sprint of parmesan, the dish was deliciously gentle, but filling. My favourite wine for pairing was I Domi Chianti Rufina 2021 a balanced mix of Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Colorino. Aromas and flavors of wealthy crimson berries and ripe fruit have been elegant and structured making it a sensible option to pair with the pasta. Lorenzo Mariani, proprietor of I Veroni, remarked, “That is good for each day consuming if you wish to drink effectively!”


Madrevite – Pici Pasta and Elvé

Our subsequent cease was Madrevite in Cimbano, positioned within the municipality of Castiglione del Lago in Umbria. Proprietor Nicola Chiucchiurlotto welcomed our group with a stroll via the vineyards, go to to the winemaking areas, and quite a lot of glasses of beautiful white wines of Trebbiano Spoletino and Grechetto and crimson styles of Gamay del Trasimeno (Grenache), Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Syrah.

Whereas we have been studying about Madrevite, Nicola’s mom was getting ready do-it-yourself Pici pasta along with her signature crimson sauce for our group. Pici is an historical sort of pasta originating from Tuscany and lots of assume it might have been current throughout Etruscan instances. Traditionally, it was a staple for Italian peasants and is historically made with solely flour, water and salt. Now, it’s made with olive oil or egg added to the dough. Nonna’s pasta we tasted was textured and by all account, made with love. Naturally, every of us had a second serving.


Throughout lunch, an assortment of wines have been poured. My favourite with the pasta and flavorful sauce was a relaxing glass of Elvé of Grechetto, an sudden pairing since I assumed I would favor one of many crimson wines. The Grechetto provided brilliant acidity and intense aromas and flavors of white fruit and herbs. The end lingered and gave a handy guide a rough, fruit ahead end that I nonetheless bear in mind.


Il Conte de Prandone – Maccheroncini di Campofilone Pasta and Marinus Rosso Piceno Superiore 2020

Our group’s final dinner collectively was with the household of Emmanuel De Angelis, proprietor, winemaker and gross sales supervisor of Il Conte Villa Prandone positioned within the province of Ascoli Piceno within the southern a part of Marche. Earlier within the day, we considered the property, started to know the household’s historical past, and had lunch with members of the family starting from 4 years previous to … (older). Later that day, we visited the attractive hamlet of Grottamare the place we realized its storied historical past, waved farewell to a newly married couple at a church within the piazza and located Il Borgo, a restaurant with beautiful sundown views of the Adriatic Sea and scrumptious meals – moments of nirvana.

Dinner was a showstopper with an array of wines and a number of programs that included a melt-in-your-mouth Maccheroncini di Campofilone, a typical pasta from the Piceno space with tomato sauce and tiny meatballs referred to as “pallottine.” Not in contrast to many regional pastas, Maccheroncini di Campofilone, sometimes called a sort of angel hair pasta due to its extraordinarily skinny strands, began in “the kitchens of the poor.” There may be proof that one of these pasta dates to 1400 and the recipe even now mirrors that of centuries in the past.


The wine I favored for pairing with the pasta was Marinus Rosso Piceno Superiore 2020. Named after the patriarch of the household, Marin, this wine is taken into account probably the most consultant of the portfolio. “It’s clear, pure, simple consuming,” acknowledged Emanuelle. Actually, the 2017 classic of Marinus was listed in Wine Spectator’s Prime 100 wines. The sunshine, full-bodied wine from 2020 boasts aromas and flavors of crimson fruits, berries and black currant on a basis of sentimental tannins and vibrant acidity.

This good night time, a becoming finish to an impressive journey to Central Italy, was punctuated with luscious pasta, wine and household. Impressed? Begin cooking and sipping!


Cheers! ~ Cindy

For extra about these wineries, benefit from the hyperlinks under.

At I Veroni in Chianti Rufina, Class and Stability Characterize Its Wines

When Exploring Umbria, Go to Madrevite The place Prime Rated Traditional Wines Thrive

One other Motive to Uncover Marche – Il Conte Villa Prandone



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