This is one of my brother's favourite restaurants, and we went as a foursome with our wives. We were very warmly welcomed, both by Mr Turi and his wife and had an excellent glass of prosecco while we studied the menu. The problem here is not to find something you will like but to choose which one of the wonderful dishes to eat. I had the papardelle with a duck ragout, which was an utter delight. The others' starters were equally excellent. Antipasta from Puglia, stuffed savoy cabbage and Fedelini (light a fine spaghetti) with fresh crab, garlic, chilli and rocket. For our main dishes, my wife & I chose calves liver with caramelized Borettane onions in balsamic vinegar, swiss chard and organic olive oil. Wonderful, the borettane onions are like button onions, and they were magnificent, going as well as we hoped with the liver, also cooked perfectly. The swiss chard was cooked relatively simply and accompanied very harmoniously. My brother's pork cutlet, served with buckwheat cannelloni of cabbage, potato and fontina cheese ,parmesan cream and truffle sauce was divine, as was my sister-in-law's roast partridge with polenta and parmesan, cavolo nero puree and a ghiotta sauce. This is truly serious food.
My brother & I were the only two to eat a dessert, I had a very good Tiramisú and he had a clementine tart with rich chocolate sorbet.
Excellent though the food is here, the really exceptional thing about this restaurant is implicit in the name "Enoteca". Mr Turi is passionate about his wine and regularly visits growers to pick out some real gems. We had a splendid wine from Sicily - 2010 Pithos from the Azienda Agricola Cos made from two local grape varieties, the Nero d'Avola and Trappolo. The wine was subtle and charming with a wonderful nose. Goodness knows how they managed to make such a gently wine as far south, Then to go with our main course, we had a superlative Allegrini 2001 Amarone della Valpolicella (from the North of Italy), in complete contrast to the almost ethereal Pithos, this was a big, big wine, still a little closed in when we drank it. It would have benefitted from being decanted an hour or so before we drank it.
If you do visit this excellent restaurant, do take advantage of the wine list. Ask for advice and you really won't regret the chance to find out just how good the best Italian wines can be.
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