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Legendary Wine Dinner

Join us for a Wine Dinner hosted by Sergio Zingarelli, Owner of Rocca delle Macie and President of the Consorzio del Chianti

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

RESERVATIONS

legendary-wine-dinnerChef Nathan Luoma will prepare a Five-Course Tuscan Dinner paired with a lineup of Sergio’s family wines crafted at their famed estate

Menu
Antipasto Misto – Assorted Salumi, Tuscan
White Bean Salad, Marinated Seasonal Vegetables

Pomodoro Annegato – Hierloom Tomato,
Oregano, Red Onion, Gorgonzola, Red Wine
Vinegar and Sicilian Olive Oil

Pappardelle Cinghiale –Housemade Pappardelle
Pasta, Tuscan Wild Boar Ragu, Pecorino Romano

Caretto d’Agnello – Roasted Rack of Lamb,
Sangiovese Reduction, Heirloom Potatoes,
Seasonal Vegetables

Torta Cioccolato – Flourless Dark Chocolate and
Espresso Torte, Sweet Mascarpone, Pine Nut Brittle

$85 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Reservations available.


Gran Selezione “Sergio Zingarelli” in the top 10 Italian red wines

Rocca delle Macìe’s Chianti Classico Gran Selezione “Sergio Zingarelli” 2011 was ranked eighth by Gentleman magazine – contained within the March newsstand edition of Milano Finanza – which compiles the rankings of the leading Italian wine guides for 2016, along with the scores attributed by the renowned Wine Spectator magazine and by the world’s most famous wine critic, Robert Parker, founder of The Wine Advocate.

In this ranking, “Sergio Zingarelli” takes its place next to wines that have enjoyed excellent reputations on the Italian and global markets for decades, such as Sassicaia, Tignanello and Grattamacco; this is a very significant result, given that the Gran Selezione 2011 is just the second vintage on sale, so it is a completely new wine but one that has been able to impress from the get-go with its strong personality, which is the result of a quality-focused project that was launched almost 20 years ago. It is, then, a young wine, but already something of a classic – the fruit of the experience and expertise of Rocca delle Macìe, a winery that has made its name on the worldwide market over the course of the past 40 years.

That “Sergio Zingarelli” 2011 features in the global Top Ten of Italian wines is a recognition not only of the quality of Rocca delle Macìe’s output, but also of the new, Tuscan wine-icon, Gran Selezione; indeed, it is a confirmation of the validity of this new level defined by the Chianti Classico Consortium, positioned at the very top of the qualitative pyramid of Chianti Classico DOCG.

Have Some Halibut!

When it comes to fish, halibut is a great choice. At our Seattle Italian restaurant, we make use of quality Alaskan halibut for our halibut picatta, our cioppino, and more. This delicious white fish has a gentle, mild taste that pairs well with Italian-style dishes.

In addition to the benefits that you find in most seafood, including valuable omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, halibut has a lot of impressive nutrients to offer. In particular, it is one of the best sources of magnesium, which facilitates the flow of blood through your body. It is also a strong source of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, potassium, selenium, niacin, and folic acid. A diet rich in this fish decreases your chances of heart disease, strokes, and certain types of cancer.

The Italian Meal, Course by Course

Do you ever feel overwhelmed trying to decide what to order at our Seattle Italian restaurant? With so many good options to choose from, it may be hard to be satisfied with only one course. This is why a traditional Italian meal generally consists of about six different parts, defined thusly:

  • Antipasti: The appetizers, usually consisting of cold cuts, cheeses, olives, and some cold vegetables.
  • Primo: The first course. This is typically a pasta, soup, or rice dish like risotto.
  • Secondo: The main course. It is at this time that you will usually have your meat, poultry, or fish.
  • Contorni: The side dishes. These often come in the form of vegetables, potatoes, or a salad.
  • Dolce: Dessert.
  • Caffe/Digestivo: The after dinner drink, which may be some sort of coffee or liqueur to enjoy while you digest your meal.

The Benefits of Spinach

If you know absolutely anything about health food, you probably know enough to recognize spinach as one of the better vegetables you can eat. But could you explain why this classic green leaf is such a favorite for many health nuts? There are many benefits to a diet rich in spinach, including but not limited to the following:

  • Flavonoids: The phytonutrients found in spinach have been shown to help prevent skin cancer, stomach cancer, and prostate cancer.
  • Antioxidants: Spinach is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, manganese, and zinc. These serve to protect your body’s cells from the damage associated with aging.
  • Dietary Fiber: A single cup of spinach provides you with 20% of your daily dietary fiber recommendation. You need this fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system, keep your blood sugar steady, and curb your appetite.
  • Vitamin K: One cup of spinach gives you fully 1,000% of your recommended intake of vitamin K. This nutrient helps keep your bones, brain, and nervous system healthy.

IL Bistro makes use of spinach in our pollo cannelloni, our vitello marsala, and more. Come make this valuable veggie a bigger part of your diet at our Seattle Italian restaurant tonight!

Almonds: The Most Nutritious of Nuts

Almonds are a great addition to any diet. These tasty nuts boast an impressive list of vitamins and minerals, making them the most nutritionally dense variety of nut on the planet. They are a strong source of unsaturated fat, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin C. Because of this, a diet rich in almonds gives you the following benefits:

Heart Health: The healthy fats in almonds reduce your levels of bad cholesterol, and the flavonoids in the nut’s skin protects your artery walls from damage. It has been found that those who consume almonds five times a week have only half the risk of suffering a heart attack.
Healthy Bones and Teeth: The phosphorus and calcium found in almonds is important for building a strong skeletal system.
Weight Loss: Though almonds are high in fat, it has been observed that those who eat nuts are over 30% less likely to gain weight.
Neurological Health: The riboflavin and L-carnitine in almonds enhance your brain power and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alkalize: The almond is the only nut, and one of the few proteins, that serve to alkalize the body. This prevents osteoporosis, fosters good immunity, and provides you with energy.

At IL Bistro’s Seattle Italian restaurant, you can enjoy the benefits of almonds in our panna cotta, our torta mascarpone, and more. Come and join us for one of your favorites tonight!

The Sweet Taste of Cipollini Onions

The cipollini onion is a small, flat onion with a pale yellow coloration. They have many of the nutritional properties seen in the more common varieties of onion, including small amounts of calcium and vitamin C and a healthy dose of fiber and antioxidants. What makes them special is the higher residual sugar content, which gives them a sweeter taste that many people love. Their small, flat shape also lends them very nicely to roasting. These properties have allowed the cipollini to transcend the status of a mere seasoning agent, occasionally serving as the main ingredient of a dish.

If you’re looking for cipollini onions, you’re not likely to find them at your neighborhood grocery store. They remain an uncommon specialty item, found mostly at gourmet food markets. Or, you could come down to IL Bistro in Seattle for a taste of this fascinating onion. Our Italian restaurant cooks a delicious pollo arrosto, which comes in the form of a roasted chicken served with couscous, pancetta, tomatoes, and cipollini onions.

Italy’s Famous Provolone Cheese

Italy has produced many famous cheeses throughout the years, one of the biggest being provolone. This well-loved choice comes in the form of a pale yellow cow’s milk cheese, characteristic of a mild flavor and a firm, grainy texture. These qualities make it pair well with many meat-based dishes, which accounts for its great popularity in such dishes throughout the world.

The first provolone was created in the southern area of Italy back during the time of the Roman Empire. Its name translates to “large provola”, in reference to another variety of cheese that bears some resemblance to provolone. The cheese grew in popularity throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, eventually spreading throughout the globe. Today, it is primarily the product of the Po Valley region in Italy, but is also created in South America, Japan, and the United States.

If you’re looking for a good way to enjoy provolone, come to IL Bistro. Our Seattle Italian restaurant offers a number of quality provolone-based dishes, including our delicious four-cheese pizza.

Seattle Restaurant Week April 2016

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Join us for Seattle Restaurant Week during April 10-14 & April 17-21!

Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten free options available.

Make your reservations today!

DINNER

3 COURSES FOR $30
APPETIZERS
Bruschetta Pomodoro – Grilled Tuscan Bread w/ Organic Roma Tomatoes, Basil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Veg)(V)

Antipasto Misto – Selection of Italian Salumi, Smoked Mozzarella, Marinated Vegetables (GF)

Cesare – Romaine Hearts, IL Bistro Classic Dressing, Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano (GF Upon Request)

Calamari Genovese – Arugula Pesto Marinated Calamari, Pine Nuts, Grilled Tuscan Bread (GF Upon Request)

ENTREES
Canneloni di Pollo – Chicken Condita, Goat Cheese, Spinach Pasta, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Parmigiano

Filetto del Maiale – Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Slow Roasted Tomato & Fennel Ragu (GF)

Salmone – Seared Local King Salmon, Basil Butter, Grilled Lemon, Poached Asparagus (GF)

Gnocchi Fatti in Casa – Sweet Tomato Sauce, Romano Cream, Basil, Shaved Parmigiana

Bistecca – Herb Marinated Flank Steak, Grilled and served with Cannellini Bean Gratin (GF)

DESSERT
Torta Gianduia – Flourless Chocolate-Hazelnut Torte with Raspberry Sauce & Sweet Mascarpone (V)(GF)

IL Bistro Tiramisu

D’ Ambrosio Mixed Berry Sorbetto (V)(GF)

Mushrooms Help Prevent Cancer

Have you ever considered the health benefits of mushrooms? Though edible fungi come in many forms and boast a number of different nutritional attributes, there are certain benefits that are common to most mushrooms you may find in traditional Italian cuisine. One of the most impressive of these is their ability to prevent cancer.

Indeed, mushrooms can be an effective weapon against both breast and prostate cancer. This is thanks to the heavy dose of beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid they offer. The latter of these serves to suppress the harmful effects of excessive estrogen, which is the cause of breast cancer for many women after menopause. The former inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in the prostate.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can likely benefit from making mushrooms a bigger part of your diet. If you need help doing so, come down to our Seattle Italian restaurant for one of our mushroom-based dishes, including our sausage and pepper pizza, filetto di manzo, ravioli di funghi, and more.

The Value of a Fine Pinot Noir

Pinot noir is a highly valued wine. This is partially because the pinot noir grape is considered to be among the noblest of grapes, among such lofty names as cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and merlot. It is the most famous of Burgundy’s noble grapes, and celebrated by wine enthusiasts throughout the world.

Another big part of pinot noir’s value is the great effort that goes into its cultivation. It is known to be the most difficult grape to grow, demanding a strict set of growing conditions and allowing for a short growing season. It can only grow optimally in regions that allow for warm days followed by cool evenings. Therefore, the wine can only be produced in far smaller quantities, compared to the other popular red wines.

When you drink a pinot noir, you can generally expect a light, sweet, medium-bodied and highly nuanced taste. At our Seattle Italian restaurant, you can find this taste in a variety of fine wines. Come and sample one of the wine world’s most esteemed grapes at IL Bistro tonight!