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Emilia Delfino
February 9, 2024 | Emilia Delfino

Savoring Italian Carnival: Perfect Wine Pairings for Time-Honored Delights

As the vibrant Italian Carnival is underway, the tantalizing aromas of traditional dishes fill the air. From savory dishes like migliaccio salato to sweet chiacchiere, the diverse range of Italian Carnival foods sets the stage for a culinary journey. Join us as we explore the delightful world of Italian Carnival cuisine and uncover the perfect wine pairings to elevate each dish.

  1. Migliaccio Salato (Naples Savory tart) and Oregon Pinot Noir: The savory delight of Migliaccio Salato, crafted with semolina flour, polenta, salami, and smoked cheese, pairs splendidly with an aromatic and herbaceous Oregon Pinot Noir. The wine's refreshing acidity cuts through the robust flavors and texture of this traditional Carnival dish.
  2. Polenta e Osei (Cornmeal with Game Birds) and Amarone della Valpolicella: The robust and hearty Polenta e Osei calls for a wine with equal character, such as a bold Amarone. The wine's deep, complex flavors complement the savory richness of the dish, creating a symphony of taste.
  3. Pizza di Sorrento (Sorrento's savory pie) and Rose': Despite the name, this is not the traditional pizza, it is made of a delicate brisee crust, enriched with a blend of creamy ricotta cheese, gooey mozzarella, flavorful grana (Parmesan cheese), and savory sausages. A deep Rose' wine with its refreshing and crisp characteristics balance the richness of the cheeses and sausages, creating a delightful harmony of flavors. The fruity notes of Rosé can also add a touch of brightness to this savory creation, making it a delightful pairing.
  4. Chiacchiere or Bugie (Sweet Carnival Ribbons) and Prosecco: The delicate sweetness of Chiacchiere, thin strips of fried dough, pairs elegantly with a lively Prosecco. The wine's effervescence enhances the sweetness of the fritters, creating a delightful contrast.
  5. Crostata di Arlecchino (buttery shortcrust pastry with colorful fruit preserve) and Gewürztraminer: The fruity and often tart flavors of the crostata would be a great match with the aromatic and slightly sweet profile of the Gewürztraminer.
  6. Struffoli (Honey-soaked, bite-sized dough balls decorated with colored sprinkles) and Moscato d'Asti: The light and sweet profile of Moscato d'Asti complements the honey sweetness of truffoli, and the wine's refreshing acidity helps balance the richness of the fried dough. The pairing creates a harmonious balance, making it a delightful combination for a festive and enjoyable experience. 

In conclusion, Italian Carnival is a celebration of flavors, and the traditional dishes offer a culinary experience like no other. Elevate your Italian Carnival feast by embracing these wine pairings, allowing each sip to harmonize with the exquisite tastes of the season. Buon Carnevale—let the festivities begin!


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