Basilicata Blowout

I Trulli owner Nicola Marzovilla described Basilicata through maps and photos.

A big thank you to everyone who attended last night’s A Taste of Basilicata dinner at I Trulli. Chef Patti Jackson‘s exquisite menu was matched only by some superb wines by Donato D’Angelo and the entertaining repartee of our exuberant host, Nicola Marzovilla. Nicola was delighted to discover several people in attendance with direct connections to Basilicata. Not one but five guests could trace roots back to the region, more specifically to the towns of Ruoti, Avigliano, Melfi, Muro Lucano and Montemuro, all of which are located within the province of Potenza. Special thanks to Ron Marino for sharing his personal photographs of Ruoto.

Upon arrival, guests were poured Villa dei Pini by D'Angelo, a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Incrocio Manzoni.

The first course consisted of spiedini di coniglio alla brace — grilled skewers of rabbit.

This was followed by orecchiette alla potentina, paired with D'Angelo's Aglianico-Merlot blend, Serra della Querce.

Forgive me, but in my Aglianico-induced stupor, I neglected to photograph the agnello: braised lamb shoulder and polenta cake paired with D’Angelo’s 100% Aglianico Valle del Noce. Dessert was granita di fico d’India, or prickly pear parfait, served over perfect panna cotta. By the time I remembered to document either, both were long gone. I guess you risk being driven to distraction when you sit at Nicola’s table…

Ever the engaging host, Nicola continued discussing wine, food and whatever else came up with his guests long after dinner was over.

To those who were at I Trulli last night, we hope the combination of regional specialties and some of Basilicata’s best wines made for a memorable evening, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

And don’t forget — if you missed out on this event, more regionally-themed dinners are to come this fall. A Taste of Piemonte at Centovini on October 6 is now less than a week away. There is still time to book but places are going fast, so if you’re a fan of white truffles and Barolo make sure you sign up today!

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