I absolutely love having my wine paired for me.
While I absolutely love wine, I admit I’m not very adventurous about straying away from my usual glass of dry white. So I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to Frescobaldi for their winemaker’s dinner – four courses paired with delicious Italian wines.
Frescobaldi is in the heart of Mayfair, slightly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s something quite romantic about the restaurant – it would be a wonderful place to go for a date!
The team at Frescobaldi went above and beyond with the gluten free substitutions to the menu for me, and I couldn’t have been happier or more grateful.
Our first course was carpaccio di branzino con ciliege – a delicious sea bass carpaccio dish with cherries. It was paired with an Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato, which was copper-coloured – which I didn’t know Pinot Grigio could be!
The sea bass dish was absolutely divine – the tart cherries went so perfectly with the flavour of the fish.
While the others tucked into courgette ravioli with veal ragu, I totally lucked out with my gluten free option of lobster pasta. The pasta had a lovely texture, and the sauce was perfection – I was a very happy camper (and got a few envious glances from the other diners, too!) Served with the Attems Cicinis, a Sauvignon Blanc, it was my favourite course of the evening.
For the next course, we switched over to red – the 2012 Luce, which went beautifully with carre d’agnello con purea di piselli e patate dauphinoise – lamb rack with pea puree and dauphinoise potatoes.
Every single course was so delicious, and all the wines were, too. While the others tucked into their semifreddo with melon, I had an amazing gluten free chocolate cake – served with the final wine of the evening, the Attems Picolit.
The courses were beautifully presented and delicious – the service was faultless, and the descriptions behind the history of the different wines fascinating. For £80 a head, I think the quality of the food, as well as the wine (I had about seven glasses that night in total!) the Frescobaldi Winemaker’s Dinner is such great value, and a wonderful way to spend an evening. I can’t wait for the next one!
Have you been to Ristorante Frescobaldi? What were your thoughts? Be sure to comment below!