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A Tour of Italy

Do you fancy doing a Giro d’Italia or tour of Italy? No, not on your bike, but through a mouth watering selection of that country’s very best food and wine.

Famed Nelson Street Italian restaurant Toto, in conjunction with Italian small goods maker Otello’s giving Aucklanders the opportunity to take a gastronomic tour of Italy, with a special four course meal and matching wines on the evening of 9 November.

In the hands of top Italian chef Sergio Maglione, Otellos quality products will be turned into a stunning showcase of sumptuous modern Italian cuisine. Between each course the chef will provide a commentary on the food and matched wines and diners will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Some of the delights you can expect at this event include homemade ravioli with goat cheese and truffle tossed with Otello’s guanciale – a kind of unsmoked bacon made from pig cheek – in red wine sauce matched with a 2009 Barbera D’Asti Fiulot Doc Piemonte; confit duck leg filled with Otello’s wild boar sausage mince served on soft polenta and morello cherry juice matched with a 2006 Syrah Dinari Del Duca

Dessert is an antipasto platter of chocolate salami, chocolate sanguinaccio cream, chiacciere (crispy pastry), mini Sicilian cannoli and cassata di gelato.

Diners should gather at Toto at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start.

This event will be extremely popular and is likely to sell out to reserve your place email toto@totorestaurant.co.nz Tickets cost $95 per person and include a four course meal with matching wines, an aperitif on arrival and a goodie bag containing a sample Otello product. Tickets must be paid for by Friday 4 November.

A ticket to the Giro d’Italia would make a perfect gift for that special person who considers him or herself a bit of a gourmet, or maybe for yourself if you love the good things in life.

Editorial by Nick Chidley

26 October 2011
 

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