Neb Vinous Blind 1989 Barolo & Barbaresco Dinner
@ Buona Notte, in Little Italy, NYC, 4/18/2019

This Nebbiolo group (formed though the Vinous forum) once again planned a great tasting. We met at Buona Notte on Mott Street in Little Italy to taste 1989 Barbaresco and Barolo.

Brad Bonnewell, owner of La Pizza Fresca (which is currently closed while looking for a new location), set us up at Buona Notte. Brad's La Pizza Fresca chef Enrico Florio was the guest chef for this evening at Buona Notte. Brad arranged with Chef Florio to prepare some of his favorite dishes from La Pizza Fresca. Chef Florio did a terrific job. The food which was delicious and plentiful.

I organized the flights, but the wines were ordered randomly within each flight. So a few others and I knew which wines were in each flight, but not which was which; while the rest of the group knew only that the wine they brought was somewhere in the tasting.

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Ben and I took an Uber which got stuck in traffic on Mott Street in Chinatown.
So we got out and walked the two blocks to Buona Notte:

As we approached the restaurant, we ran into Jonathan:


Brad Bonnewell (aka La Pizza Fresca) and
Chef Enrico Florio caught by surprise:

Flight 1: Barbaresco
Mozzarella di Bufala con Prosciutto e Soppressata (imported buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, soppressata, olives).
Polpettine (veal meatballs, san marzano tomato):

Flight 2: La Morra & Barolo
Spaghetti alla Carbonara (guanciale, egg, pecorino romano):

Rigatoni alla Siciliana (eggplant, fresh mozzarella, san marzano tomato):

Flight 3: Castiglione Falletto
Paccheri Zafferano con Salsiccia (sausage, saffron, parmigiano reggiano):

Flight 4: Serralunga d'Alba
Pollo Capricciosa alla Valdostana (breaded chicken cutlet, fontina, spinach).
Manzo Brasato al Vino Rosso (Chianti-marinated boneless beef short ribs, olive oil crushed potatoes):


Once again, the greatness of the 1989 vintage comes through loud and clear.

Happy People

My tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.

Eric Guido's notes on this dinner are here.



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