Famous for its food and wine, both of which play an important part in the country’s identity and culture, Italy is renowned for being home to some of the world’s best wines. Here at Pasta Di Piazza we have one of the most impressive wine cellars in the Jewellery Quarter. All of our wines are strictly sourced from single vineyards, which have been rewarded with many Gold Medals, and are perfectly adapted to our Italian cuisine.
Vini Rossi, red wine, is a thing of beauty when paired with the right dishes. Our wine list is particularly designed to accompany all of our specialities and it will come as no surprise that many of us enjoy a glass or two of wine – so what better excuse than when accompanied by a freshly prepared hearty Italian dish off our menu? These are four of our favourite reds (not just from Italy)…
Barolo has a complex nose with notes of rose, strawberry and forest fruits. It’s delicately floral, perfumed yet persistent on the palate – this is Barolo at its best. Barolo originates from Piedmont in north-west Italy, where the food is just as highly regarded as its wines. It’s a perfect partner to accompany one of our mouthwatering Filetto Pizzaiola – pan seared fillet steak with garlic, mixed peppers, oregano, mushrooms and San Marzano tomatoes.
Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico
This wine originates from the north region of Verona in northern Italy. It’s bright and intense on the nose with aromas of preserved cherries and dried plums, together with hints of fruits of the forest and cinnamon. It has a good weight and is structured on the palate, opening out to attractive aromas of cherries and vanilla. It’s a perfect wine to enjoy towards the end of a meal due to its intense flavour, otherwise, it can overpower lighter dishes. Perhaps try this with a selection of our Dolcelatte & Biscotti – fine Italian cheeses with biscuits and celery.
This wine from Burgundy, France, is a match perfect for lighter meats and cold cuts and would work well with our Antipasto Italiano – salami, bresaola and parma ham with sun blushed tomato, artichokes and parmesan shavings. Fleurie is full-bodied, with plenty of oomph to match the trademark floral character and complex nuances. It’s both savoury and fruity on the palate.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is widely recognised as the most influential appellation in Southern Rhone, France, and is also the largest with over 80 growers and more than 3,000 hectares of vineyards. With its full-bodied nature and high levels of tannin, this wine offers a heady blend of power, fruit and spice. Cherry, raspberry and baked plum mingle with fresh pepper. Deft despite its weight, the palate finishes dry and refreshing. This wine pairs well with many of the same foods as Bordeaux including game dishes such as wild boar and most red meats, working well with beef and lamb. Why not try this wine with our very popular dish Filleto D’Agnello – marinated lamb fillet in rosemary, garlic and olive oil, served on a bed of spinach with red wine sauce.
We have plenty of other wonderful award-winning wines to choose from in our impressive cellar, which you can view here. We are based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and we have the perfect relaxed atmosphere – so why not pay us a visit?
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