Nonino does it better (incredible dinner last night in new tasting room)


An incredible evening at the new Nonino tasting room, which just opened. Matriarch Giannola was so proud of the centerpiece she had prepared. The red grapes are Fragolino. So much style and character in everything they do…

cult prosciutto

Prosciutto Bagatto with fig and fig preserves. I know, right? You had me at the Bagatto…

risotto scampi

Risotto agli scampi… This was ridiculously good.

braised veal

Veal braised in Fragolino reduction with potatoes, olives, and diced eggplant.

I have to be careful about my pancia on these trips. But I decided to make this my “splurge” meal: it’s easy to throw caution to the wind (sorry for the bad pun) when the materia prima is so wholesome and delicious…

pecorino honey

Pecorino and honey paired with their amazing chestnut honey distillate.


But the slivovitz was my favorite (if only for the nostalgia, as my co-religionists will surely agree).

At dinner we drank a jaw-dropping bottle of Specogna Sauvignon Blanc (one of my favorite Friulian grower/producers) and Zamò Refosco, which was also delicious.

Posting in a hurry this early fall morning in Friuli. Heading to Venice later today. Stay tuned…

7 Responses to Nonino does it better (incredible dinner last night in new tasting room)

  1. Rory says:

    I hate u jk xoxo Love Rory

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  2. that risotto makes me wanna cry.

  3. Michael says:

    What a heavenly meal

  4. stacy says:

    everything looks good… why dont my roasted potatoes look that delicious?! are you in Bassano?

  5. […] I always have a blast and learn something new when I visit with them. And I know my wife will forgive me for the huge crush that I have on matriarch Giannola. She — one of the most glamorous women in Italian viticulture and a genius marketer — always has me on the edge of my seat with her tales of Marcello Mastroianni kneeling before her in a theater in Rome in the 1960s. […]

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