Last week Carol and I had the opportunity to have dinner with good friends over a three-night span. Our very dear friends Gene and Maureen celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday and asked us to join them to celebrate at Divina Ristorante in West Caldwell.
With these wonderful wines we enjoyed Penne alla Putanesca, Seafood Provencale, Veal Holstein (veal cutlet with fried eggs on top) and Penne Napoletano.
|Gene & Maureen|
|Rack of Lamb at La Pergola|
Our final wine of the evening was 2004 Ada Nada Barbaresco Elisa. This is traditionally made Barbaresco that spends 20 months in small and medium size oak barrels and then another 14 months in bottle before being released. It possesses a wonderful earthy nose and on the palate it is soft with a long elegant finish. I don’t think the 2004 is still available. Expect to pay about $40 for current vintages.
On Saturday evening we joined good friends Tony and Fran for yet another terrific evening of food and wine at Il Capriccio Ristorante in Whippany. We drank Barolo with the meal, beginning with 2005 Teo Costa Monroj Barolo, a wine that Tony and our friend Jack fell in love with last year when they attended the Italian Wine Festival, Vin Italy, in Verona, Italy. They liked it so much they decided to import it. The wine had that unmistakeable earthy Piedmontese bouquet that entices the senses and possessed nice up-front fruit and balance on the palate. The back end initially was a bit tannic but softened as the wine sat in the glass. The wine, which will benefit from a couple of years of cellar time, is available at $40 at Wine Legend, Livingston, NJ.
They were the perfect match for the wonderful food prepared by Natale Grande which included Calamari Affogati with Spaghettini, Scrigno di Mare ( lobster, jumbo scallops and Maya prawns with oyster mushrooms in “Salsa Americana”), Veal Paillard and Swordfish Oreganata.
|Spaghettini w/ Calamari Affogati|