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Magic of Salento Dinner
with Pugliese pasta-maker Francesco Allegro
and Pugliese winemaker Paolo Cantele
An evening celebrating the magic of a land where sea, sun, and earth come together to create some of Italy’s most cherished gastronomic treasures.
Presented by Sotto wine director Jeremy Parzen
Tuesday, October 17
$90 per person, plus tax & gratuity
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There’s a saying in Puglia, the region that forms the heel of Italy’s boot: When a son learns how to make orecchiette (the famous “ear-shaped” pasta of Pugliese gastronomy), it’s time for him to leave home.
On Tuesday, October 17 at Sotto, we will be celebrating two of Puglia’s native sons, pasta-maker Francesco Allegro (above), Rossoblu’s resident sfoglino, and winemaker Paolo Cantele, whose family-owned winery (Cantele) makes some of our favorite expressions of Pugliese viticulture. Sotto’s chef de cuisine Craig Towe will be creating a special menu featuring Pugliese dishes for the occasion. And Sotto wine director Jeremy Parzen will present our guests from Italy. It’s sure to be a magical evening of classic artisanal Pugliese pastas paired with native grape varieties grown in Salento, the hub of Puglia’s wheat, olive oil, and wine production.
Both Francesco and Paolo hail from the Salento region of the Pugliese peninsula (and the two of them both attended university in the city of Lecce, where they first met). Salento is a long, narrow stretch of sun-kissed land, bordered by the Mediterranean on either side (it takes about 30 minutes to drive from one coast to the other). It’s limestone-rich soils, constant sea breeze, and sunny climate make it the ideal place to grow wheat for Puglia’s celebrated breads and pastas, olives for Puglia’s famed oils, and grapes for its legendary wines.
On Tuesday, October 17, two of its native sons will share some of the magic of this enchanted land by pairing classic handmade pastas and other culinary delights inspired by Salento foodways with wines raised side-by-side with the region’s wheat fields and olive groves. A marriage made not in heaven… but in Salento.