Monday, February 27, 2012

Opolo Winemaker's Dinner at Francesca's Bellezza

March 7, 7 p.m. – Francesca’s Bellezza (75 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL 60525; 708-579-3500)

The Opolo Winemaker’s Dinner at Francesca’s Bellezza features wines from California’s Opolo Vineyards. Tickets are $52 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

The evening starts with Cicchetti, an assortment of small bites paired with Opolo Sparkling Wine. This is followed by Capesante e Arancia, pearl pasta with jumbo sea scallops and baby spinach in blood orange sauce paired with 2010 Roussanne. The next course is Papardelle con Anatra, papardelle pasta with a duck confit, vegetables, stewed tomatoes, oregano and parmesan cheese. Opolo’s 2007 Grande Rouge is the perfect pairing for this course. The final course is Filetto con Polenta, pan-roasted beef tenderloin topped with mascarpone polenta and black cherry pepper reduction paired with 2010 Mountain Zinfandel.

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