January 14th – Italy At Your Table at The Metropolitan Museum in NY

Without a doubt, authentic Italian food presented on the American table will have a special moment to shine this year! Cuttlefish cooked with vegetables, Roman tripe, Chicory with anchovy sauce and thymus, large noodle pasta with octopus and capers are just a few of the dishes that will be served at the Metropolitan Museum of New York during the month of January on the occasion of the four lessons “Irresistible Italy” presented by the writer David Garrard Lowe. Lowe’s lessons are a voyage of discovery to Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples through the experiences of important English and American writers such as Lord Byron, Mark Twain and John Keats.

The special Italian menus were created by Filippo Bartolotta, Italian food and wine journalist, and Luciano Zazzeri, chef and owner of the Marina di Bibbona Michelin starred restaurant La Pineta. On January 14th, Bartolotta and Zazzeri made a guest appearance at the splendid Trustees Room, the fine dining member’s restaurant with a view of Central Park, during which they presented 12 of the most important Italian wines. In the coming weeks, another three special Italian menus created by Zazzeri will be served by Chef Fred Sabo alongside Bartolotta’s incredible wine selection.

Taking inspiration from Lowe’s lessons, Bartolotta, as the evening’s presenter, took the guests on a sensory trip through the most important wine and gastronomic regions of Italy. He made ties between the delicious gourmet food presented, wine, art, landscape and artisan products. The regions included: Venice, Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Campania and Sicily. The menu, in fact, presented traditional dishes that paired regional food with the corresponding regional wine such as the wines of Bellavista, Graziano Pra , Romano Dal Forno, Luciano Sandrone, Proprietà Sperino, Castello di Romitorio, Isole e Olena, Fattoria delle Ripalte, Fontodi, Feudi di San Gregorio, Petra and Arnaldo Caprai. Besides these amazing wines, also presented were artisan products such as chocolate Bonajuto from Modica (Sicily), Giuseppe Giusti traditional Balsamic vinegar from Modena and incredible works of art by the Frilli Gallery of Florence.

The Metropolican events are the first in the 2011 series of “Italy at Your Table” events. From January to March, Filippo Bartolotta will be presenting the most important Italian wines, amazing Italian food and culture at events in Washington D.C., Kansas City, New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Napa Valley among others. This is a high-quality gourmet Road Show, bringing Italy directly to the tables of food and wine lovers in America. Italy will be discussed in a fun and informative manner as the number one wine and food tourist destination, offering top quality and sustainability and creating opportunities to make real connections to the countryside and the artisan gourmet food and wine created there. “Italy at Your Table” will be collaborating with important institutions during the Road Show, including the Napa Valley Reserve, and will take part in events such as Alice Water’s Good Food Awards. Events will also include private evenings at celebrity homes.

Yes! As of today you will be able to find some precious information about traveling to Italy’s most exciting wine and food regions directly on your Iphone. Just download the application from ITunes. It’s free!

The application was created by Le Baccanti with D’Uva Workshop