At the beginning of each course, a sommelier said a few words about the wine, and executive chef Anne Yarymowich talked a bit about the food. Perfetto!
The food was absolutely delicious and plated with a perfect eye, like the solitary leaf of parsley that decorated the plate of prosciutto, fig and parmesan. Balanced for the palate/palette. Best prosciutto ever! Satin sauces. Complex flavours. Unique combinations. This was the kind of dining I'd hoped for on my trip to Italy, and to have it served on a cold-hearted winter night in Toronto was like a mini-vacation to the Tuscan hills.
The wine was also outstanding, so I couldn't believe that I actually left some Brunello and Barolo behind. Totally sated, I couldn't take in another drop.
- Sparkling Lombardia (Majolini, Franciacorta Brut 2008) with prosciutto, fig and parmesan cheese
- Dry White (Le Corbinie, Toscano Bianco 2011) with spinach and ricotta gnudi with gorgonzola sauce
- Chianti Classico (Podere Elisa, Tuscany 2008) with chicken liver crostini with chianti poached prune
- Colognole (Jacobo Blondi Santi, Sassoalloro 2008) with red wine braised octopus on a bed of fagiolo puree with garlic and rosemary
- Brunello (Roberto Cosimi, Brunello di Montalcino "Annata") with wild boar ragout and potato gnocchi
- Barolo (Cascina Adelaide Barolo "4 Vigna" 2007) with venison medallion with truffled polenta
- Vin Santo (Lomano del Chianti Classico) with chocolate panforte