We all enjoyed a delicious dinner in a beautiful setting that resembled a Tuscan ristorante.
The topic was Tuscany and wine, of course, and everything was ready when we arrived. Christianne Ricchi, the owner, greeted us at the bar.
Before dinner, while at the bar, we had a quick class on Tuscan wineries and I gave the students a presentation on Wine Pairing. Everybody was impatient to start the dinner and we had Tuscan oil and focaccia while waiting for the antipasto.
The antipasto arrived quickly and included Porcini Mushrooms and Wild Salmon paired with a Prosecco, Montelliana DOCG.
Everybody agreed that Prosecco went best with Porcini Mushroom bruschetta even if Salmon is usually the classic match.
But this Prosecco was nicely perfumed and it wasn’t too dry.
Following the Bruschetta we had a course of Prosciutto e Formaggio (Cheese and Ham) paired with a Barbera, Michele Chiarlo 2010 DOCG.
The Prosciutto and Formaggio dish was very large and included Prosciutto Crudo, two types of Salame (spicy from Calabrian and Tuscan) together with Mozzarella, Tuscan Pecorino and Fontina.
The Barbera was bold, intense and a bit acidic, a perfect match with the cheese and prosciutto.
After this we were starting to become full, but still had the best dish and wine to come.
Then the Pappardelle with coniglio (rabbit) arrived. It was a generous portion that took some time to finish.
The wine was a Chianti, Fattoria di Lucignano 2010 DOCG. Simply fantastic, it was the best Chianti that I (and most of us) ever had.
Strong, but at the same time smooth with an aroma perfectly matched to the Pappardelle.
Christianne came to the table at the end, greeting everybody, and we took some pictures together.
Then we left with a brisk walk to the metro. A nice exercise after so much delicious food.
We’re looking forward to the next class that could have an ending at I Ricchi !!!