Our beloved summer is here. Really it has been here for a little while, but more than summer was “Disguised Hell”. Don’t we love to complain about how cold is the winter, how hot is the summer, how bad is the construction around the city? The city that we love so much we are never able or capable to leave, even just for few days, at least for some of us.
For those lucky ones, who stay in the city I would love to share an Italian tradition:
An Italian holiday celebrated on August 15. Originally, it may have related to a celebration of the middle of the summer and the end of the hard work in the fields. It has roots back tothe Roman Empire, honoring the gods, specifically Diana and the cycle of fertility. The Catholic celebrates this date as a Holiday Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Historically it was common for businesses to close (sometimes the entire month of August) for summer holiday in honor of this ‘feast day’. Today, Ferragosto is mainly a short holiday when Italians take brief vacations at the beach or the country side, and enjoy big meals.
So after a little of thinking at DueLire, we created a special menu for this day, one of my favorite childhood holidays (and I am still a child, sometime). The joy of being with your friends or family, sharing good times and good food before the end of summer, always made that day special. Wonderful memories!
Actually the day will fall on Wednesday, our half bottle price day. What better celebration of our summer with great food and wine at an amazing price!
Here’s The Menu:
Insalata di Anguria
Watermelon Salad with Red Onions, Mint, Bulls Blood Micro Greens, Saba and Ricotta Salata
Pair with a glass of Insolia Case Ibidini from Sicily or Pinot Noir Salvalai from Veneto
Grilled calamari steak, petite arugula, fresh garbanzo beans, radish and tomato caper vinaigrette
Pair with a glass of Soave Classico Pra from Veneto or Morellino Rocca delle Macie from Toscana
Torta di Ricotta
Ricotta tart with maple whipped ricotta and stewed blueberries
Pair with a glass of Torrontes Villafane from Argentina or Grangia Moscato Elvio Tintero from Piemonte
$31 plus tax and gratuity
$14 wine pairings