NV 2001 Barbaresco and Barolo Dinner
@ Marta Restaurant, 29 E 29th St, NYC, 4/7/2022

This Nebbiolo group (formed through the Vinous forum) had not met in almost two years due to the covid pandemic. We were finally able to get together in summer 2021, then not again until this dinner at Marta.

The food and service were excellent. Every dish was delicious. If I lived in the city, I might eat here once a week.

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Ben outside Marta Restaurant which is inside The Redbury Hotel:

The place setting and the menu:


Course 1: Appetizers
With the Champagne and Flight 1, we shared these wonderful appetizers.

Grilled Octopus: Calabrian Chili Crisp, Fried Chickpeas, Celery, Citrus:

House Cured Pancetta: Seasonal Accouterments:

Marta Mista Salad: Chicories, Artichokes, Sweet Peppers, Grana Padano, Red Wine Vinaigrette:

My plate with all 3 appetizers:

Flight 1: Barbaresco
The Gaja on the right was much darker in color than the two Giacosas:

Flight 2: The V Flight

Course 2: Pizza
With Flights 2 and 3, we shared these superb wood-fired pizzas.

The Butcher: Soppressata, Pork Sausage, Guanciale, Mozzarella, Grana Padano:

The Funghi: Hen Of The Woods, Mozzarella, Fontina, Red Onion, Thyme:

One member of our group cannot eat cheese, so we also got:
The No-Cheese Funghi: Hen Of The Woods, Red Onion, Thyme:

Flight 3: Castiglione Falletto

Course 3: Entrees & Sides
With Flight 4, we shared two main courses and two sides.

Goffle Farm Chicken: Grilled Articokes, Green Garlic Vinaigrette:
This was the best chicken I can recall that wasn't fried.

Dry Aged Florentine Steak: Rosemary, Sea Salt, Olio Verde:
This was superb, yet I was still drawn back to the exquisite chicken.

Crispy Potatoes: Pecorino Fonduta:
These were amazing. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with delicious potato flavor.
The cheese sauce was subtle and only increased the overall flavor impact.

Grilled Mushrooms: Pickled Onions:
Wonderful flavor and texture.

Flight 4: Serralunga d'Alba


We did have a few off bottles, but so many great ones. I'm still very high on 2001 in the Langhe. Marta was excellent. I would love to go back frequently.

It is so great to get together with these guys and drink wines like these.

The Open Kitchen

People Pix

A good night:

My tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.


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