#345 – Take Your Tastebuds to Italy Tonight at La Tavola’s “A Taste of Tuscany” Tonight – Saturday, January 22, 2011

la-tavola-992-virginia-avenue-ne-atlanta-ga-taste-of-tuscany-chef-craigLa Tavola’s Executive Chef Craig Richards is a master at creating tempting, tasty menus for special events (you may have experienced Tomatofeast over the summer – just thinking about the prospect of fresh summer tomatoes is enough to get me through the rest of this frigid winter!) Tonight’s menu for A Taste of Tuscany looks to be no exception.

In addition to their regular menu, A Taste of Tuscany will feature three specials, inspired by the distinctive tastes of this famous region of Italy, each paired with a wine from Montecastelli, “a working Italian farm and culinary vacation destination know for its breathtaking beauty, wine cellar of the best Italian wines, stunning views toward San Gimignano, organic olive orchards and Cinta Senese pigs.”

The menu is enough to make your mouth water:

  • Fennel and citrus salad, Gaeta olive-ceci puree, Pecorino ~ paired with: Pepi Lignana, “Leopoldino,” Vermentino 2009 ~ $8.00
  • Chestnut gnocchi with duck and goose liver ragu ~ paired with: Cesani, Coilli Senesi 2008 ~ $16.00
  • Braised rabbit leg in crespelle, prosciutto wrapped loin, polenta rustica, roasted parsnips and wild mushrooms ~ paired with: Di Giovanna, “Gerbino Rosso,” Sicilia 2005 ~ $21.00

In addition, Montecastelli Selects’ sommelier, Jens Schmidt, will be on-hand to answer any questions you have and to discuss the upcoming week-long Tuscan cooking class at Villa Montecastelli taught by La Tavola’s Executive Chef Craig Richards. Now that is a class I want to be in!

I have sampled Chef Craig’s gnocchi (ricotta gnocchi – oh my goodness!) and I can tell you, the special gnocchi will definitely be a pick for me tonight. If you’re sick of the cold and the winter storms (they say another one may be on its way to us next week! {gasp!}) then A Taste of Tuscany at La Tavola may be the perfect way to cure the winter blues…at least for one evening!

WHERE: A Taste of Tuscany at La Tavola – 992 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA

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