Five Chefs / Five Italian dishes paired with Terlato Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio
Italian dining in America is very different from a generation ago, with Italian-American plates of pasta and red gravy joined by restaurants offering the best regional cuisine of Italy. No wonder America’s passion for Italian food and wine is greater than ever: In a 2015 Zagat survey, 24% of diners declared Italian their favorite cuisine. These chefs have dishes that are the closest you’ll get to Italy without boarding a flight, and the dishes make an excellent pairing with Terlato Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio. Buon Viaggio!
Chef Fabio Viviani - Bar Siena, Chicago; barsiena.com
With its open kitchen and 600-degree pizza oven, things are always hot at Chef Fabio’s newest high-energy destination modeled on a taverna in Siena, Italy. Spanning brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night menus, chef Fabio fuses local ingredients and American classics with an Italian ethos, like a Wisconsin cheese pizza or pancetta wrapped meatloaf.
Regional influences: Midwest U.S. and southern Italy collide.
Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio pairing: Sweet corn ravioli with mushrooms and truffle butter.
Chef Michael Chiarello - Bottega, Yountville; botteganapavalley.com
The interior of Chef Michael Chiarello’s restaurant in the historic Groezinger Estate in Napa Valley is a reflection of his critically lauded cuisine—both rustic and refined. Napa’s Mediterranean climate brings a bounty of local provisions, and the opportunity to dine al fresco on the terrazzo.
Regional influences: Greatest hits from across Italy.
Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio pairing: Pesce alla griglia (wood grilled whole branzino).
Chef Marco Wiles - Da Marco Cucina e Vino, Houston; damarcohouston.com
Chef Marco Wiles’ delightfully intimate and upscale restaurant (gentlemen, wear your jacket) is frequently declared the best in the city—period. The cuisine is both impeccable and adventurous, often giving local ingredients the Italian treatment, like Texas quail with fava beans.
Regional influences: Tuscan game, like rabbit and boar, feature; pasta of every shape and size.
Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio pairing: A primi of spaghettini and "manilla" clams.
Chef Antonella Indovino - Divino Ristorante Italiano, North Palm Beach; divinopalmbeach.com
Chef Antonella Indovino’s house-made pastas are the highlight - crafted using Italian flour, free-range eggs, sea salt and filtered water. It's these authentic dishes, imported by the Italian owners, that make this family restaurant a local favorite. Their warm hospitality in this hidden gem that's tucked away in a small strip mall makes it a consistent favorite among locals.
Regional influences: Isle of Capri
Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio pairing: Farfalle con gamberetti e zucchini (bowtie pasta with shrimp and zucchini).
Chef Paul Floess - Luna Rossa Ristorante, New York; lunarossanyc.com
Born in Bolzano in northern Italy, Chef Paul Floess arrived in the U.S. in 1995 to work for Tony May`s famed San Domenico. At Luna Rossa, he combines his Italian pedigree with New York hospitality in a cozy restaurant that celebrates the freshness and simplicity of the best Italian cuisine.
Regional influences: Pasta, meatballs, mozzarella and ricotta di bufala means the best of the south!
Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio pairing: Carciofi alla giudea (crispy fried artichokes with mint and garlic).