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WEEK FIFTEEEN FEATURED WINE: A perfect Sicilian touch

Di Sicilia...Sole e Terra, Horus, Bianco di Sicilia, 2018 This wine is produced by blending two most important and top-rated Sicilian varieties – Insolia and Grillo. This blend creates bright straw-yellow colored wine with the scent of white flowers and exotic fruits. The taste is remarkable with pronounced minerality. A new Sicilian wine culture is producing some of the most exciting labels in Italy today.

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WEEK FIFTEEN: JUNE 30 - JULY 4

Sicilian Paradiso Because of its strategic location in the center of the Mediterranean, Sicily attracted numerous invaders, all leaving their mark on local cuisine.  It is simple food, “cucina povera,” but immensely rich in ingredients, giving us some wonderfully flavorful options for our summer Sicilian menu.  Fruits and vegetables are abundant.  Eggplant, fennel, tomato, citrus, peaches, pistachios, almonds, olives, ricotta and swordfish are all featured. Though agriculturally rich, Sicily has suffered under the weight of adversity.  Internationally acclaimed film, Cinema Paradiso, offers a particularly poignant glimpse into post war rural life – still amazingly relevant today.  We think it is an enriching addition to this week’s menu, creating an authentic Sicilian experience.   Menu Insalata di Finocchio ed Arance Fennel...

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WEEKLY MENU: JUNE 23-27

Florence in June – Bitter Rivalries & Sweet Elixirs. June in a wonderful month to visit Florence.  It is a month when pagan and Christian rites combine to celebrate colorful sporting events, Renaissance parades, and ancient culinary traditions.  Calcio Storico is a well-kept Florentine secret; Medieval-style soccer played in typical Renaissance garb.  Think rugby meets cage-fighting with pantaloons. Not only does June 24th mark the birthdate of Florence’s patron saint, John the Baptist, it is the day to harvest soft green walnuts to make the spicy “digestivo,” Nocino.

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WEEK 14 WINE: A part of Florentine History

Villa Antinori Rosso 2016, Super Tuscan Antinori- An Iconic Family of Italian Wine The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries. In all began in 1385, when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri,” the Florentine Winemakers' Guild. The family’s acceptance into the guild is generally considered to be the official starting point for the Antinori, when it comes to winemaking, marking them as one of the oldest and most well-respected families in the industry. We couldn’t think of a more fitting wine for this week’s menu and celebration than to select one of the wines from this iconic family. They were around in the time of...

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WEEKLY MENU: JUNE 16-20

The most interesting fact about the island of Sardinia is that it boasts the largest number of centenarians per capita than any other place on Earth.  Their consumption of clean, simple “peasant food,” together with red wine rich in antioxidants and polyphenols just may be the reason for their longevity. Our Sardinian menu highlights the mainstays of their Mediterranean diet – legumes, vegetables, olive oil, pasta, cheese and seafood.  Those together with, Cannonau, a red wine made from grapes indigenous to the island could be the key to living a long and healthy life.

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