"Food without wine is a corpse, wine without food is a ghost...
...united and well matched they are as body and soul, living partners"
On April 12th, 2016, we teamed up with Miami Wine Buzz to offer our guests a unique opportunity to taste fabulous wines paired with extraordinary dishes created by Chef Andres Avayú. Miami Wine Buzz was started by a local couple who are passionate about excellent food and wine. Much like our "boutique" style restaurant, they offer their customers fine wines from boutique wineries around the world.
Here at Piccolo Ristorante, one of Chef Avayú's talents lies in his ability to create exquisite dishes with flavor and texture combinations that tantalize ALL of your senses. Chef started the evening with his aromatic Rosemary Infused Foccacia.
The first course of the evening was Seared Scallops with Foie Gras and a Roasted Fig Puree paired with a lovely white Callas. For the second course, Chef made miniature home-made Ravioli. These were an "ode to Parmesan" as Chef called it, stuffed with Parmesan and Mascarpone, topped with black truffle and paired with a soft yet supple Arnaio. Being the artist that he is, Chef served his ravioli with a beautiful Parmesan crisp. The third course was another home-made pasta, Cannelloni, made from a mushroom dough and stuffed with spicy ground lamb then topped with a tangy Eggplant Pomodoro sauce and paired with a robust Primitivo Riserva. After an evening filled with robust flavors, Chef ended with his light and fresh Limoncello Sorbetti.
There are numerous Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, but Chef Avayú's creativity in the kitchen and events like this are what set us apart. Starting this fall we look forward to hosting a wine dinner each month with a different menu. Make sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date with all of Chef's creations. Until next time, buon appetito y salute!
Photo and Video credit: Jason Dixon 8 Shades of Blue