Lidia’s Table

Lidia Bastianich is one of my favorite chefs. I have several of her cookbooks and use them often. We recently visited her Del Posto in New York. She is co-owner with a group including her son Joe and Mario BataliIt features products from Lidia’s homeland, the northeastern region of Italy bordering Slovenia. Here is what we selected from a tasting menu with wine pairings.

Tutti a tavola a mangiare:

Vitello Tonnato~ Veal with creamy tuna sauce, olive crostone, capers, lime cells and lemon basil w/ Marcarini Roero Arneis 2013 Piemonte

Lobster alla Cesare~ Grilled romaine, pane grattato, sweet & sour onions w/ Franz Gojer Kerner 2013 Alto Adige

Spaghetti Dungeness Crab~ Sliced jalapeño, minced scallion w/ Bastianich Refosco 2012 Friuli

Orecchiette Lamb Neck Ragù~ Orange carrots, toasted rye w/ Girolamo Russo Etna Rosso “a Rina” 2012 Sicilia

Broiled Veal Chop alla Rossini~ Foraged mushrooms, braised red endive w/ Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco “Martinenga” 2008 Piemonte

Baked Striped Bass Scorzonera~ Chicories, fumetto al tartufo w/ Edi Simcic Chardonnay 2010 Slovenia

Livorno Style Cacciucco~ Seafood stew, garlic bread crostini, kelp cured cod w/ San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2012 Toscana

Desserts:

Pecorino Romano Cake~ Honey gelato, roasted pears
Browned Butter Panna Cotta~ Greenmarket apples, pasta frolla
Sfera di Caprino~ Celery sorbetto, fig agrodolce

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