The sold out wine dinner, Carnevale di Venezia, was held on Feb. 10, 2010 at Pizzeria Mimosa.
The dinner started with Baccala Affumicato Crostini. From Kodiak, Alaska, wild caught smoked black cod (Sablefish) crostini prepared with our own version of the traditional Venetian Mantecato which is one of the most ancient and typical dishes in Venice, Italy. The crostini was first spread with a layer of mascarpone and the smoked baccala in the traditional Mantecato style with the smoked wild caught black cod, and then topped with chunks of the fish. It was paired with a 2008 Tedeschi Capitel Tenda D.O.C. Soave Classico from Verona, Italy.
Next was the Risotto di Nero di Seppia con Gamberoni. Riso Carnaroli "the king of rices" turned black with the squid ink (sepia) of the cuttlefish served on a saffron cream sauce with wild caught Sea of Cortez jumbo prawns paired with 2009 Sartori di Verona Estate Collection Valpolicella.
Capesante Gratinate alla Veneziana, wild caught sea scallops served in the traditional Venetian style with a white wine, lemon butter sauce paired with 2010 Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio from Friuli, Italy.
Dolce was the traditional Venetian Queen of Carnevale Cakes Fritelle filled with pastry cream paired with the rare and recently released 1998 Fattoria di Lucignano Vin Santo del Chianti a perfect ending.