Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Arizona Italian Association: Best of Italy 2015

By: The Food Hunter

This past Friday night, for the second year in a row, the Italian Association of Arizona hosted a Best of Italy event with 20% of proceeds going to the Phoenix Children's Hospital.  The event featured 5 local Italian chefs and 5 top Italian wineries. Each chef presented two plates, which were paired with a few varieties of wine.

On the menu:

Chef Chris Nicosia from Sassi
  • Roasted Baby Beets with Ricotta di Bufala and Pistachio 
  • Pesto Cavatelli with Wild Boar Ragu and Pecorino 

Chef Gio Osso from Virtu
  • Farinata con Pesto Bianco (Vermentino) 
  • Panino di porchetta con salsa verde (Auxo Red Blend) 
  • Gnocchi di castagne e ricotta al ragu di salsiccia e robiola (Niccolo V) 

Chef Massimo De Francesca from Taggia 
  • Insalata di scampi con radicchio, indivia, finocchio, balasmico bianco, arance rosso, e crema di limone (A salad of langoustines with radicchio, fennel, endive, white balsamic, blood oranges, and lemon aioli) 
  • Spaghetti alla Chitarra

Chef Massimo Bassetto 
  • various salads
  • pasta with sausage & mushroom sauce

Marcellino Verzino from Marcellino Ristorante  
  • Salmon Tartare 
  • Chef's Handcrafted Pasta with fresh sausage and shiitake mushroom drizzled with truffle oil 

 The Best of Italy 2015 was a fantastic event that I hope will continue for years to come!