Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano by Podere Casanova at 20% off!

November 30, 2009

Vino’s massive holiday sale gets underway today! This holiday season we are offering 20% off wines by a different featured producer every day, for one day only! This week we’re focusing on five producers from Tuscany, starting today with Podere Casanova, a small winery located just outside Montepulciano.

Winemaker Massimo Carpini (above) grows just five hectares of Prugnolo Gentile (the local name for Sangiovese), enough to provide fruit for around 5,000 bottles per year. A skilled enologist, Carpini’s attentive work in the cellar makes his Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano honest representations of their uniquely Tuscan terroir, not to mention delicious choices for your next holiday dinner.

Rosso di Montepulciano Il Sentiero 2006
was $24, now $19.20

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006
was $30, now $24

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2005
was $46, now $36.80

Remember, this offer is valid TODAY ONLY, while stocks last!

Visit our website for a full list of December’s featured producers and tastings. Look for your favorite producers and be sure to plan ahead: 20% sales are for one day only! As usual, we’ll also be hosting our free tastings every Friday from 5:30pm, starting this week with Nicola Marzovilla’s Massoferrato!

Please call 212-725-6516 or email for more details.


December sale and tasting schedule

November 24, 2009

Nicola Marzovilla is 50!

November 23, 2009

I Trulli owner chalks up a half-century

It’s a long road from Rutigliano, Puglia, 1959 to New York City, 2009, but Nicola Marzovilla has made the journey, and he’s got the jersey to prove it! Last Saturday, family, friends and colleagues threw a surprise party to celebrate the I Trulli owner’s healthy arrival at this greatest of milestones.

For this secret occasion, I Trulli chef Patti Jackson (above with Nicola and his mother, Dora) created a coffee-and-chocolate cake (Nicola’s favorite) scale replica of Massoferrato, Nicola’s first wine from his own estate, which he launched on Monday. For once, Nicola was left speechless. Well, almost…

Auguri Nicola!

Photographs by James Taylor, Dave Frankland and Sam Greenfield. Check out Sam’s full report at his blog!

Happy hour, Italian style

November 20, 2009

If you’ve ever spent any time in Italy, you’ll be familiar with the perfectly time-honored tradition that is aperitivo. That’s when Italians, whether mid-passeggiata or just getting off work, all head to their favorite bar. But more than just a pre-dinner drink, aperitivo is a time of day and a state of mind: no longer afternoon but not quite evening, it represents that delightful moment when the working day is through and another pleasant evening of good food and company awaits.

Italy’s bustling piazze are the ideal place to people-watch and perhaps enjoy a Negroni (gin, Campari, red vermouth), one of the
country’s most popular cocktails.

This uniquely Italian ritual has its origins in Northern Italy, which saw a boom in cordial and liqueur production in the early twentieth century. By the 1920s the fashionable bars of Milan, Turin and Florence would swell each evening with thinkers and drinkers sipping Campari, Punt e Mes and Cinzano. Only in recent years has the modern aperitivo hour taken form; today bars all over Italy offer a delicious selection of free antipasti with their wine or cocktails, making it a popular choice for young and old.

Now you can enjoy aperitivo on East 27th Street! I Trulli’s Enoteca
awaits all New Yorkers seeking a little “dolce vita” this Fall.

The custom of aperitivo may seem deeply connected to the pleasurable lifestyle of Italy, but the hectic pace of Manhattan? At I Trulli, we see no reason why you should miss out on such an elegant practice — after all, even New Yorkers deserve to unwind sometimes. Join us every evening from 5:00-7:00pm for I Trulli’s aperitivo hour: choose from our brand new cocktail and sparkling wine list and enjoy complimentary small plates from Chef Patti Jackson‘s kitchen! Salute!

For more information and reservations please contact 212-481-7372 or

I Trulli’s aperitivo launch has already captured the attention of the local press. Just check out some of these recent mentions (click on the logos):

Vino reveals its six picks for Thanksgiving

November 18, 2009

It’s that time of year again! Seems like summer’s barely over but here we are just a week away from Thanksgiving, and chances are you’re faced with the familiar problem of what wine to pair with your turkey and pumpkin pie. If this is you look no further than Vino: introducing our Thanksgiving Six-Pack 2009!

As is tradition at Vino, each November we compile a selection of six of our favorite Italian wines designed to only enhance your yams and cranberry sauce. From the crisp bubbles of Prosecco to the lush nectar of Malvasia passito, these six great bottles are guaranteed to guide you and your loved ones through another epic and cheerful holiday feast.

Vino will be pouring all six wines this Friday afternoon from 5:30pm.

The Thanksgiving Six-Pack is available for just $150: that’s an incredible saving of 20%!

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut NV Col de’ Salici
The crisp, classic spumante wine of Veneto is the perfect sparkling holiday aperitivo. Salute!

Moscato Giallo 2008 Castel Sallegg
Golden and aromatic, the unctuous and food-friendly Moscato Giallo will stand up well to your pre-dinner cheese plate.

Lambrusco Rosé In Correggio NV Lini
Designed to combat Emilia’s richer flavors, let these pink Lambrusco bubbles cleanse your palate.

Pelaverga Basadone 2007 Castello di Verduno
A holiday favorite of former Times critic Frank Bruni, Pelaverga’s spicy aromas make it a firm fixture on our Thanksgiving table too. Try it with fresh filled pasta!

Serra delle Querce 2005 D’Angelo
Roasted turkey and Aglianico? Yes we can! Southern Italy’s most noble grape is softened by the addition of Merlot, making this wine the perfect turkey pairing.

Vigna del Volta 2004 La Stoppa
A blend of Malvasia di Candia and Moscato, this Tre Bicchieri-winning passito is a natural choice for sweet pastry dishes… if you still have room!

Thanksgiving Six-Pack

For more information call 212-725-6516 or email

Massoferrato success!

November 17, 2009

Nicola Marzovilla debuts his very first wine at I Trulli

Nicola Marzovilla wishes to thank personally all those who attended Monday’s Massoferrato dinner. The exclusive event saw the I Trulli owner unveil his very first wine to a group of excited guests, who had gathered to taste the wine and celebrate this very special occasion. The 100% Sangiovese wine, made from grapes grown on Marzovilla’s Tuscan estate in Impruneta, was a unanimous hit, especially paired with the rustic flavors of Chef Patti Jackson‘s whole roasted wild boar.

It seemed everyone wanted their picture taken with the wild boar: Nicola and his sister Domenica celebrate the launch of Massoferrato.

Massoferrato is currently on the wine list at I Trulli, and available for retail purchase at our store, Vino, located directly opposite the restaurant!

Call 212-725-6516 or email for more information.

Patti Jackson’s crabapple mostarda in New York magazine

November 16, 2009

Rob and Robin declare crabapples “In Season”

Patti Jackson‘s recipe for crabapple mostarda is featured in this week’s issue of New York magazine! The I Trulli chef buys the fruit from the Greenmarket‘s Breezy Hill Orchard or Locust Grove Fruit Farm to make her famous mostarda, described by Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite as a “chutney-like Italian condiment.” Served with sheep’s-milk cheese or bollito misto, Patti’s tasty mostarda is a fall favorite at I Trulli.

Read the full “In Season” report here! The current issue of New York magazine is available at newsstands now!

Illustration by John Burgoyne; Photo by Hannah Whitaker.