Cappellano Vertical
at Lusardi’s Restaurant,
1494 2nd Ave (near 78th), NYC (12/15/2015)

This group was started by Tony Kim through the discussion forum on Antonio Galloni's Vinous. We've been meeting semi-regularly to drink Nebbiolo for a little over a year now.

For some background on the Cappellano winery, see my Cappellano page.

The food at Lusardi's was excellent until the main course. The lamb I had was mediocre and covered in some brown sauce. All the previous courses were delicious.

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The photo on the right was taken in the men's room. The review says This cozy space continues to serve some of the best Italian fare in the city. Favorites: pepper-crusted tuna and heirloom tomato salad; warm goat cheese with pears, almond and arugula salad; lemon sole in light prosecco wine sauce; homemade mushroom ravioli; pear tart; and dense chocolate cake. [Nov. 13, 2013]


Flight 1: Older Barolos
Carpaccio di Vitello (veal carpaccio marinated with truffle oil and lemon,
with mache leaves, pickled wild mushrooms and shaved truffle cheese). Very tasty!

Flight 2: 1995 and 1996
Polenta e Brasato Cannellini (polenta with braised cannellini beans) and
Crespelle Fiorentina (eggplant filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, baked in a pink sauce).
Both really yummy.

Flight 3: 1997 Barolos
Tortelli in Salsa Tartufata (homemade ravioli filled with wild mushrooms, spinach and fontina cheese, in a truffle cream sauce)
and Gnocchi alla Piemontese (homemade gnocchi sautéed in meat sauce with a touch of cream).
These were both delicious.

Flight 4: 2001-2003 Barolos
With the pasta dishes described above.
Flight 5: 2007 and 2008 Barolos
Carre d’Agnello al Forno (roast rack of lamb in thyme sauce with baby vegetables and basil whipped potatoes).
This was the only dish that was less than excellent. The meat was bland and overcooked (ordered rare), and the sauce was blah.


Further confirmation that Cappellano is and has been one of the great traditional producers of Barolo for a long time.

My tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.

Eric Guido's notes on this tasting can be found on his Cellar Table blog. You can also find a shorter version of his notes along with comments from others in this Wine Berserkers thread and this Vinous Your Say thread [subscription required].

People Photos

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Jamie, Iggy & Eric.

Ben and Michael G.

Michael G, Tony, Michael Z, Marc, & Jonathan.

Tony, Michael Z, & Marc behind the full line up.




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