THE WINES OF SICILY
Monday, February 22nd
The island of Sicily has been a cultural crossroads for over three thousand years. Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Normans and the Spanish have all left their indelible marks on this, the largest island of the Mediterranean. Humans haven’t been the only driving force here, as the countryside is dominated by Mount Etna, an active volcano that has shaped and reshaped the land many times. Etna’s power to transform the terrain has had an especially profound impact on agriculture, supplying vignaioli with amazing black volcanic soils in which to raise vines. Elsewhere on the island, vines thrive in the Mediterranean climate, producing diverse and delicious wines, many of which are made from indigenous varietals.
Join us on Monday, February 22nd as we explore the wine and food of Sicily. The evening will focus on wines from four of the most exceptional wineries of Mount Etna, and will end with tastes of our favorite Sicilian after-dinner wines. This is an opportunity to try some of Sicily’s most exciting wines paired with seven courses of food reflecting the best the island has to offer. Reservations can only be made via direct inquiries to VINTAGEBABBO@BABBONYC.COM. Bookings are limited, and only available for parties up to six persons. We look forward to raising a glass with you!
Benanti “Biancodicaselle” Etna 2013
Girolamo Russo “Nerina” Etna 2013
Baccala Ravioli with Rock Shrimp and Scallion Butter
Guccione “C” Sicilia IGT 2012
Buccatini with Eggplant Caponata
Ciro Biondi “San Nicolò” Etna 2012
Roasted Duck with Arancini and Blood Orange Citronette
Girolamo Russo “Feudo” Etna 2012
Apple and Brown Sugar Sottosopra with Ricotta Cream
Caravaglio, Malvasia delle Lipari 2013
Pecan Cake with Balsamic Caramel and Mascarpone Gelato
Marco de Bartoli “Vecchio Samperi” Marsala 30 Anni NV
*Menus subject to change due to market availability.
WHAT IS VINTAGE BABBO?
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.