A sip of this, a bite of that: Wine pairing deals (galore?)
A glass of vino, or three, with ricotta gnocchi and fried butternut squash ravioli with parsley pesto and roast pork with currants ... totaling less than 40 bucks. For those with shaky (or even not-so-shaky) bank accounts, there are some solid wine pairing deals to be had.
Campanile's "Friday Night Flights" continue, with wines selected by wine director Jay Perrin, paired with three small plates from chef Mark Peel. Next Friday (Oct. 3), "L'autonno in Italia" includes all the dishes named above with three Italian red wines, and "20,000 Leagues Under the Rosé" comes with moules frites, bouillabaisse and fried skate wings with parsley, lemon and capers, and three rosés.
Tomorrow night, Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica ...
is hosting "A Taste of Spain," for $30 per person. On the menu: gazpacho with shrimp and Avinyo Rosat (nonvintage), frisee sald with slow-roasted suckling pig, fresh figs and watermelon gastrique with Pere Ventura Brut (NV), and seared trout from Navarra with spinach, golden raisins and caramelized onions with Sanstrave Brut (NV). Tastings at Bar Pintxo occur about monthly.
Meanwhile, Vittorio Viotti -- proprietor of the Venice Italian spot Piccolo -- is still conducting monthly "reversal dinners," three wines with three full courses, with a twist. Only after you've decided your wines (with the help of sommelier Pietro Biondi), will they be paired with a dish (appetizer, entree and dessert).... But that's running at $70.
Any others out there?
Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 938-1447. Bar Pintxo, 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 458-2012. Piccolo, 5 Dudley, Venice, (310) 314-3222.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo from Campanile