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Non c'e pane senza pena

No bread without work

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JULY 14, 2014


Join us on Monday, July 14th for the next installment of our Vintage Tasting Series, “Southern Exposure.”


The Italian word mezzogiorno has two meanings. “A mezzogiorno” means “at noontime;” “il mezzogiorno d’Italia” is a moniker for Southern Italy. Both uses celebrate the resplendence of sunlight– at its high point in the day, and its incomparable quality and abundance throughout the southern regions of Italy: Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Campania.


This Vintage dinner will turn you on to the vinous treasures of the south, which is the seat of viticultural history in Italy. It is here, in the mezzogiorno, that the Greeks established colonies and planted land to the vine int he 8th Century B.C.E.


Southern Italy is flooded with direct sunlight, as well as refracted light bent by the waters of the Mediterranean back to the land mass. There it nurtures sunbathers on the Amalfi Coast of Campania; groves of citrus, olives and figs of Calabria; and hectare upon hectare of classic, uniquely Italian grapes– Fiano, Aglianico, Negroamaro and Mantonico– that define the unique wines of the Italian south.


Today’s producers are working with the winning combination of three thousand years of evolved knowledge and up-to-the-minute vinification processes that push the edge of what great wine can be. 


As the fireworks of our Independence Day celebration die down, come to Babbo to learn about themezzogiorno– the lands from which many of our own Italian American citizens hail. 


Feudi di San Gregorio, Dubl Aglianico, Vino Spumante Metodo Classico Rosato, Campania NV

Pietracupa, Cupa, Campania IGT, Campania 2008

Imparato, Montevetrano, Colli di Salerno IGT, Campania 2002

Paternoster, Don Anselmo, Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata 2007

Vallone, Graticciaia, Salento IGT, Puglia 2008

Odoardi, GB, Calabria IGT, Calabria 2011

Librandi, Le Passule, Val di Neto IGT, Calabria 2008


Reservations are available from 5:30 to 11:15PM. To reserve, please email

$275 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity



On select Monday evenings, we invite Italian wine lovers to join us for a special tasting menu paired with the best vintage wines from the depths of our cellar. Unlike many restaurant wine dinners, these are not distributor-sponsored events featuring “current-release” wines. The allure of Vintage Babbo is that it’s a personal expression of the restaurant; an opportunity for us to dig deep into our cellar (as much as it may sometimes hurt to see these wines leave); and an excuse to share the best of the best with our customers.