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Christmas Menu

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Secret Squisito Supper Club

 

Natale

 

Saturday 8th & 15th December 2012 from 7pm 

 

6 seasonal courses made with artisan Italian and Warwickshire

ingredients. Bring your own wine to compliment this special event.

 

Italian Christmas Menu 

 

Benvenuto

Artisan basil pesto, black olive and rosemary rolls with

Puglian Nocellara olives

 

Wine; Frizzante -  Martini Prosecco £5.00, Prosecco Spumante Valdobbiadene

DOCG £6. 99 Aldi Edgbaston or Coventry;  San Leo Prosecco Brut £6.66

Waitrose Lutterworth; Prosecco Conegliano £7.32  Sainsbury's Rugby;

White ASDA Special Gavi ASDA Rugby £5.00; White - Triade Bianco 2010 from

Campania £8.99 Waitrose Lutterworth (very nice); Moncaro Verdicchio dei

Castelli di Jesi Classico 2011, Marche (every bit as good as the Moncaro red)

£5.29 Waitrose Lutterworth

 

Antipasti 

Prosciutto, salami and  seasonal bruschetta mista

 

White - Triade Bianco 2010 Campania £8.99 Waitrose Lutterworth or

Contesa Pecorino, Colline Pescaresi IGT, Italy 2011 from Majestic at £7.99 each

for 2; Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2011, Marche (every bit as

good as the Moncaro red) £5.29 Waitrose Lutterworth

 

Primi

Handmade ravioli stuffed with Squisito Cotechino sausage

topped with sage butter

 

Wine; See Secondi below. If you are a group of four then try a light red like

Nerello Mascalese at £5.99 from M&S to bridge the gap between Antipasti and

Secondi. Other good light reds are Allegrini's Bardolino ‘Naiano’ 2009 from

Majestic at £5.99 each for 2 or  Waitrose's Recchia Bardolino 2008, Veneto

at £5.99

 

Secondi

Roast Denbigh Estate Partridge with Squisito smoked pancetta,

Casteluccio lentils and pureed celeriac

 

Wine; Red - Villa Manga Primitivo di Manduria 2010 - heavy duty red from

the great Primitivo area. It's spicy, cherry'ish, slighlty sweet and best served at

warm room temperature so we'll sit this by the stove.  Perfect with game.

£9.99 M&S Fosse Park or Rugby;

 

I Satiri, Salice Salentino Riserva 2007 Candido - my all round best red of 2012 comes from the Salento which is the Burgundy of Southern Italy. It benefits from laying down for a few weeks at room temperature and serving at warm room temperature (since it is a warm climate wine). Concentrated, silky, sort of pruney - a velvet glove on a iron fist. Recommended. £9.49 or £6.99 for 2 Majestic

 

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2010 Mazzei - My favourite Chianti from a great producer in a good year. Not cheap, but it is Christmas and £14.99 for two at Majestic so you can save the other for Christmas (so long as you don't share it  with the reli's). Buy now and let settle for a few weeks. Like having a day on a racing track in a good sports car just to find out what it's like. A Christmas treat.

 

Piccini Memoro Vino d'Italia NV - an unexpected and interesting blend from

Piccini who are a big supplier to Tesco from Chiantishire. Sara bought a bottle reduced to £6.49 a few months ago which we drank mid-week and were stunned with the quality for the money. On paper a blend of Primitivo, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola and Merlot (e.g. every part of Italy) does not work and should repel any sensible drinker which I guess is why it is reduced from £9.49 (it was for some while) to £5.00 now. It is ready to drink now. My current Best Buy!

 

Other good buys; Torre del Falco Nero di Troia 2007, Puglia down from £7.99 to £4.99 and last month's Best Buy, Waitrose Lutterworth; Vignale Valpolicella 2010 Veneto, Italy £4.99 Waitrose; Reggiano Rosso Romagna £5.99 M&S; El Guia Tinto Garnacha (heavy) Red 3.99 Waitrose.

 

Dolci

Panettone semifreddo with caramelised orange

 

Wine; By dessert English people are often flagging from unexpectedly plentiful portions of home cooked Italian food like any self-respecting kid in a sweet shop. The same can be said for a surfeit of good wine so I recommend something simple you can have a sip of and take home the rest to drink with a mince pie. The conventional approach is an orangey floral sweet wine like Waitrose's Brown Brothers Orange & Flora Muscat 2008 which is £6.99 for a half bottle from Mr Waitrose in Lutterworth. Others may want to join me in a sip of Pellegrino Marsala Superiore Garibaldi Dolce, Sicily £9.49 Tesco Rugby & Waitrose Lutterworth or the excellent Curatolo Dry Marsala Superiore £10.79 Waitrose Lutterworth. Marsala makes a sensible investment if you fancy making zabaglione or one of Sara's famous desserts like Panettone Pudding whch I hope to see in her '12 Squisito Recipes for Advent' coming shortly. For a New Year's resolution take a trip to Palermo and visit Trapani and drive along the 'salt road' to Marsala - 1 of my 100 Foodie Places To Go Before You Die!

 

Formaggi

Direct import Italian cheeseboard served with Warwickshire honey and pink peppercorns

 

Wine; as above. Marsala is my choice.

 

Caffe and Biscotti

from our vintage Italian coffee machine and Squisito 100% Arabica

coffee,handmade double chocolate biscotti

 

Tickets £35.00 per person 'excluding service' which go towards

laundry and washing up! Advance Booking only

 

Tickets are nearly sold out so please book now to avoid disappointment.

All dietary requirements are easily catered for since all my food is

made to order just for you. Vegetarian, vegan, coeliac options available

 

B&B available from £40 per person at Barnacle Hall and Chapel Barn

Please call Sara to discuss  on 07824 314235.

See you there!

 

Sara xx

 

Squisito are a BBC Radio 4 'Food & Farming Awards' shortlisted Food Producer 2012 and Slow Food BBC Good Food Show Bursary Awards Winner 2008 and 2010.

 

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