Experience a Sicilian Harvest Feast at Ferraro’s Taste & Learn

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar announces its next Taste & Learn event, to take place Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. This wine-and food-pairing experience invites guests to taste four Sicilian wines from Passopisciaro, as well as traditional Sicilian dishes typically served during harvest time, prepared by Ferraro’s Executive Chef Francesco DiCaudo. This month’s Taste & Learn will be especially hearty, featuring a variety of dishes, each served family-style, with each wine pouring.

Passopisciaro, which located in the hills of Sicily’s Mt. Etna, is renowned for its exceptional wines. They come from grapes grown on 100-plus-year-old vines planted at the highest winegrowing altitude in Europe, at more than 3,000 feet.

The menu pairings for the Oct. 29 Taste & Learn include:

First Course
Passobianco Chardonnay, 2014

Pairings:

  • Marinated white anchovies
  • Artichokes, asparagus and smelt fritters
  • Cod salad, Messina-style
  • House-made pickle and marinated vegetables

Second Course
Passorosso, 2012

Pairings:

  • House-made oven-roasted ricotta cheese
  • Eggplant caponata with cocoa powder
  • Stuffed bread with olive oil, oregano, peppers, pecorino cheese and black olives

Third Course
Contrada Sciaranuova, 2013 (single-vineyard, 100% Nerello Mascalese)

Pairing:

  • Pasta Ncasciata – baked pasta with meat sauce, mozzarella, ricotta and eggplant

Fourth Course
Contrada Rampante, 2013 (100% Nerello Mascalese grown on vines aged more than 100 years)

Pairings:

  • House-made sausage stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and caciocavallo cheese
  • Farsumauru  (veal rolled for a special occasion—a Sicilian specialty)
  • Roasted bell peppers and potatoes with broccoli affucati

Under the direction of Gino Ferraro, Ferraro’s wine selection places special emphasis on presenting a broad and deep range of Italian wines, such as Barolo from Bartolo Mascarello, Bruno Giacosa and Giacomo Conterno; Barbaresco from Marchese dei Gresy and Produttori del Barbaresco; Brunello from Biondi Santi; Amarone from Bertani and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Emidio Pepe. Ferraro’s has been recognized with Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” and the Wine Enthusiast award.
Space for this intimate event is limited and tickets (tax and tip included) are $65 per person. To make reservations, call (702) 364-5300.

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