Native Sicilian Executive Chef/Owner Francesco Inguaggiato is hosting a Planeta Wine Dinner, on Thursday, May 28th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bellino Trattoria Siciliana (Bellino) in Portland’s Pearl District.
Born in Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, Inguaggiato opened Bellino on April 14th, bringing authentic Sicilian cuisine to Portland. In his drive to deliver classic Sicilian dishes and wine to Portland, Inguaggiato will host the Brand Ambassador, Export Director, and Sommelier, Penny Murray, from Planeta Winery to showcase four distinct wine regions in Sicily for the dinner. A 20-year-old, family-owned winery based in Palermo, Planeta Winery is a collection of six boutique wineries. Traveling directly from Palermo for the dinner, Murray will showcase the varied wine production and terroir from four different regions of Sicily.
The dinner will include a five-course meal including Antipasti, Primo, Secondo, Contorni and Dolce, paired with four distinct Sicilian wines for $65 per person, with gratuity not included.
The Planeta Wine Dinner will feature Inguaggiato’s signature traditional dishes that are true to his Sicilian roots and they will be carefully and artfully paired with four select wines from Planeta Winery. The menu includes the following:
· Antipasti: Involtini di Melanzana and Insalata di Polpo;
· Primo: Pasta alla Norma
· Secondo: Spiedini di Pesce Spada;
· Contorni: Patate Arrosto e Cavolo Nero (Roasted Potatoes and Kale); and
· Dolce: Torta di Cioccolato e Menta
Murray will be on-site, personally pouring the following unique and specially-curated wines for the dinner, and she will be actively engaged with guests, describing the country’s different wine regions, the varying geography and viticultural landscape of Sicily, the distinct soil types, and the history of the winery. She will explain and educate guests on the aromas and flavors of the following wines:
· 2013 Planeta La Segreta Bianco, Menfi – Paired with Antipasti
· 2011 Dorilli Cerasuolo Classico, Vittoria – Paired with Primo
· 2013 Planeta Etna Rosso – Paired with Secondo
· 2010 Planeta Passito di Noto – Paired with Dolce
Located at 1230 NW Hoyt in the Pearl, Bellino is also now open for lunch which is served Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For reservations for the Planeta Wine Dinner, please call Bellino at (503) 208-2992.
For reservations, aside from this special event, please call (503) 208-2992 or visit www.bellinoportland.com or www.opentable.com or Bellino Trattoria Siciliana on Facebook.