From September 14th until the 21st our class traveled all throughout northern Italy; but before we headed out on our trip (which you will hear more about soon!), we got to attend an amazing wine tasting at a local restaurant.
The restaurant, Da Renato E Luisa, is located right across the street from our studio and is so popular that you must have reservations in order to dine there. Renato and Luisa opened their restaurant early just for us, and we had the whole place to ourselves for our meal (we’re not spoiled at all…).
After Renato gave us a quick lesson on how wine is made, prepared, and served, we got to enjoy a beautiful, four-course meal of small dishes paired with a complementing glass of wine. I tried to keep up with the descriptions as best as I could, but hopefully the photos will give you an idea of how great it was.
The first dish was stuffed prosciutto and cheese covered with nuts and honey served with a glass of Prosecco di Toscana.
The second dish was zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese, ham with prunes, and a glass of Santa Martina Bianco di Toscana.
The third dish was gnocchi stuffed with ricotta cheese and a glass of Santa Martina Rosso di Toscana. Absolutely amazing…I may have shed a tear or two.
This was the last and sweetest dish! No wine was served with this course, but it was a great way to finish the meal.
All in all, the wine paired with the dishes was delicious and Renato and Luisa were extremely warm and welcoming. We are all so grateful for their hospitality, and we are looking forward to spending our Thanksgiving feast with them!