It’s a Genuine Truffle Week White Out!

White truffle season is here, and we need at least a week to celebrate. Don’t you?!  We are showering these special slivers at lunch and dinner on pizza, pasta and more from October 14-19, with Italian wine specials to boot. Enjoy 6-8 new wines by the glass from Piedmont, showcasing producers and varietals from the region where these seasonal buried treasures grow, like Arneis from Roero and Nebbiolo from Barolo and Barbaresco.

The Genuine White Truffle Nite dinner kicks it all off with Urbani Truffles and Marchesi Antinori at our first white truffle dinner at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink on Monday, October 14 at 7PM!  Indulge in this northern Italian specialty now in season with an explosion of delicate flavor in 4 courses paired with the wine that suits it from heralded producer Marchesi Antinori. The main course arrives with 2 older vintages of single vineyard “Bussia” Barolo. $350 includes tax, gratuity, the following menu and a truffle gift from Urbani to take home!  Click here for tickets.


Reception with 4 Canapés and Wine
FIRST – Braised and Chilled Celery Hearts, soft egg, anchovy-white truffle vinaigrette ~ Grechetto Blend, Castello Della Sala “Giovanni Della Sala” Orvieto, Italy

SECOND – Gemeli with Rabbit Sugo, caramelized shallot, fresh white truffles ~ Sangiovese, Pian delle Vigne Rosso, Montalcino, Italy

THIRD – Boneless Osso Bucco, grilled porcini, wilted escarole, white truffle fondue ~ Nebbiolo, Prunotto “Bussia” Barolo, Italy

FOURTH – Olive Oil Cake, roasted figs, hazelnuts, truffle whipped ricotta ~ Amaro selection complimentary

According to Urbani Truffles, the earliest record of the delicacy is from 23-79 AD Ancient Europe. And it’s no wonder these buried treasures have been prized for so long. Their pungent and earthy flavor cannot be mistaken, and is the perfect pairing for every dish in our Genuine White Truffle Dinner. Take the journey with us!


Baby, It’s Nebbiolo Outside

Chilly? Nestle into this old school, old world red, here sitting pretty on our Design District back office balcony.

It’s wintertime. Dean’s suited up, probably a crisp Jack Taylor in shades of grey, crowing this tune. What is he drinking?  According to wine director Eric Larkee, it should be nebbiolo.  Silvio Giamello, Vicenziana, Barbaresco 2006 to be exact (BTB/74.)

“It’s a wine I want to curl up with a nice roast,” he says.  “Something from our wood burning oven.

With today’s 15 degree slide into what we hope will be a long, brisk South Florida winter, you may opt for our patio and reach for this DOCG Piedmontese red, coddled by the Alps of northwest Italy, an opening act to whole wood roasted Poulet Rouge with rosemary-plumped raisins and toasted pine nuts and a side of sweet, creamy squash from that same hearth, splashed with Meyer lemon salsa verde.

Of this bottle, the New York Times’ Eric Asimov last year proclaimed it number one.  “Clearly an old-school wine,” he wrote. “Its pale red color, rimmed with orange at the edge, was a giveaway, as was the delicate, nuanced fragrance of flowers, tar and minerals. On the palate, its structure was evident, yet so was its delicacy. That combination is the soul of great nebbiolo. … The Giamello was also our best value.”

The last time I borrowed bottles to shoot, they turned up in a cookbook.  The fate of Vicenziana? Oh, trusting Eric…