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Truffle Dinner

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Sunday, October 6, 6:30 pm at Girasole
Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery
Cost: $195 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Join us in celebrating Italian white truffles! Chef Patierno and Lydia Patierno will feature their annual Italian Piedmont Truffle dinner on Sunday, October 6th at 6:30 pm. Hosted by their friend and truffle enthusiast, Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the fix-priced, seven course meal with wine pairings will give tribute to authentic Piedmont truffles shipped directly from Italy to Girasole. The white truffle, also known as the Alba Madonna, will be featured in dishes such as tenderloin carpaccio with micro greens and a poached farm egg in a rich porcini broth. See the full menu below under upcoming events. The cost is $195 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Featuring the following courses and wine pairings:
Carpaccio di Carne alla Piemontese Accompagnato da Microinsalatina e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Classic Piemontese Carpaccio with Micro Greens & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba 2011

Pasta di Castagne alla Piemontese Fatta in Casa e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
House Made Piemontese Chestnut Pasta & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009

Uovo Affogato al Brodo di Porcini Servito con Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Poached Farm Egg in Rich Porcini Broth & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Langhe Rosso ‘Pinot Noir’ 2009

Insalata Verde dell’Orto
Local Mixed Greens, Artisanal Olive Oil & Crostini
Vajra Langhe Bianco ‘Riesling’ 2011

Risotto alla Piemontese e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Piemontese Carnaroli Risotto & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra KYE ‘Freisa’ 2009

Coniglio Arrosto e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Roasted Rabbit & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Barolo ‘Bricco delle Viole’ 2008

Torta alla Nocciola e Panna Cotta al Tartufo Bianco
Hazelnut Torte & White Truffle Panna Cotta

Rappahannock Cellars Wine Dinner

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We’re excited to announce that Rappahannock Cellars will join us in hosting a fixed price, five-course dinner on Sunday, September 8 at 6 pm. Each course will be paired with an exceptional wine by Rappahannock Cellars. The menu and pairings include:

Mussels Casino with Roasted Peppers and Onions
Rappahannock Viognier 2012

Braised Pork Belly with Apple Cider Reduction
Rappahannock Chardonnay 2011

Risotto of Wild Local Mushrooms
Rappahannock Cabernet Franc 2011

Roasted Rabbit Stuffed with Italian Chestnuts
Rappahannock Meritage 2011

Late-Summer Fruit Tart
Rappahannock Vidal Late Harvest 2008

John and Kelly Delmare, owners of Rappahannock Cellars, began their careers as vintners in the Santa Clara Valley of California, but yearned for a more family oriented place to raise their twelve children. They found the Piedmont region of Virginia to be the perfect place for family and wine! We’re pleased that our family business will team up with theirs to bring you an evening of delicious food and spectacular wine. Allan Delmare will join us for this event. The cost of the dinner is $ 85 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, please call Girasole at 540-253-5501.

Patio Wine Tasting

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Sunday, July 21, 3pm – 5 pm at Girasole
Hosted by Katie Dorazio representing boutique Italian vintners
Cost: $35 per person Featuring light anitipasti and the following wines:

Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena N/V
Alois Lageder, Muller Thurgau 2011
Tentae Lageder, Pinot Grigio Porer Biodynamic 2011
Aia Vecchia, Vermentino 2012
Tascante, Buonora 2012
Tenuta Sant Antonio Scaia Bianco 2012
Tenuta Sant Antonio Scaia Rosso 2011
Badia Coltibuono, Chianti Classico Organic 2009
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2009
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010
Boroli, Barolo 2007
Aia Vecchia, Lagone 2010
Tenuta Sant Antonio, Valpolicella Ripasso Monti Garbi 2010
Aia Vecchia, Sorugo 2008
Badia Coltibuono, Vin Santo Organic 2006

Fall Trip to Sicily

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Travel to Sicily and you’ll be taken back in time to the beginning of the Greek empire. In a small group setting, you’ll learn about how the land was settled by the Greeks and then inhabited by the Corinthians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, and Spaniards before it became part of Italy.

As a small group, we’ll discover the island for ourselves through its food, architecture, culture, history, and people. The ten-day journey will begin in the capital city of Palermo along the western coast of the island. We are introduced to the Island of Sicily as we travel the small, winding streets of the bustling city exploring the open-air food, clothing, and spice markets. We travel along the coast, stopping in the port town of Trapani, an ancient city that has been vital to the island’s salt trade and tuna fishing industries. Then, we travel to Erice, Siracusa, and Agrigento where we see ancient Greek temples comparable to those in Athens. Our journey continues onto the towns of Noto, known for its gelato, and Taormina, next to the snowy slopes of Mt. Etna.

Our accommodations each night are at an Italian country home, referred to by Italians as an agriturismo, where we enjoy home cooked meals, comfortable furnishings, and the companionship of our Italian hosts and guides. Reserve your spot soon for our upcoming trip. We will depart on October 21st and return on November 1st. The cost of the trip, excluding airfare and taxes, is $3,200. Visit for complete information and the itinerary. Call Lydia Patierno at 540.253.5501 to make your reservation.

Buon Viaggio!

Vietti Wine Dinner

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On June 2nd at 7 pm, Mike Hendry from Hendry Wines will host a fixed-priced wine dinner at Panino Restaurant in Manassas. The Hendry family has been farming the same vineyard in Napa since 1939. The Hendry Ranch is composed of 114 acres of vineyard situated in the hills north west of Napa. This latitude in the valley experiences substantial marine influence, and allows us to grow 10 different varietals, each carefully distributed among our 47 vineyard blocks. All Hendry wines are made from estate grapes, and 2011 will be the 20th vintage of the Hendry label. Through the subtle use of oak, and restraint in ripeness, our wines are crafted to highlight the terroir of the vineyard.

The dinner will feature the following courses and wine pairings:

Clams Gratinate
Hendry Albarino 2012

Duck breast wrapped in swiss chard and ratatouille with local vegetables
Hendry Pinot Noir 2009

Roasted Rabbit with Italian Chestnuts
Hendry Chardonnay ‘Barrel Fermented’ 2010

Braised Pork Belly with Cider Reduction
Hendry Zinfandels

Roasted Loin of Lamb with Seasonal Vegetables
Hendry Red Wine


The cost of the dinner is $100 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To make your reservation, call Panino at 703-335-2566.

Patio Wine Tasting

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Sunday, April 21, 3-5 pm at Girasole
Hosted by Max Evans of Michael Downey Wines
Cost: $35 per person

Featuring light anitipasti and the following wines:

Adami Prosecco ‘Bosco di Gica” Brut NV
Vignabaldo Grechetto 2012
La Slina Monferrato Bianco 2012
Canneta Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2011
Vietti Roero Arneis 2012
Zuc di Volpe Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Santa Barbara Rosso Piceno 2012
Mazzolino Pinot Nero “Terrazze” 2011
Fracchia Barbaresco “Brasal” 2009
Castello di Poppiano Chianti Colli Fiorentini “Il Cortile” 2010
Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2010
Castello di Poppiano Syrah 2010
Vietti Barbera d’Alba “Scarrone” 2010
Vietti Barolo “Castiglione” 2009
Mazzolino Moscato 2012

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Sunday, April 28, 3 -7 pm at Panino
Cost: $140 per person; $60 for additional dinner guest Featuring the Following Dishes of the Lombardia:

Taleggio Friti
Belgium Endive Al Forno with Gorgonzola and Walnut Sauce
Fruit Mostarda
Osso Buco
Risotto with Asparagus and Peas
Polenta Dolce with Raspberries

Locally Sourced Dinner

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On Friday, March 22, we’re hosting a “locally sourced dinner” at Girasole! In creating the menu, Chef Patierno said, “I hope to show people that it’s possible to eat great food using locally sourced products throughout the year, even in the mid-Atlantic region.”

The menu for the evening will feature the following courses with local wine pairings:

Roasted beet salad (Over the Grass Farm)
Beef carpaccio (Ayrshire Farm)
Braised pork belly in a cider reduction (Fields of Athenry Farm)
Gnocchi with oxtail and mushrooms (North Cove Mushrooms)
Trout with pistachio (Rag Mountain Trout)
Pork Milanese with grilled figs (Ticonderoga Farms)

For more details on the event, please visit the Girasole “events” on   Facebook. The fixed-priced dinner with wine pairings is $120, excluding taxes and gratuity. Reservations are required and special arrangements can be made for anyone with a dietary restriction. To make a reservation, please call 540-253-5501.

Winter Wine Tasting

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Sunday, February 17, 3 – 5pm at Girasole
Hosted by Jason Bise of The Country Vintner
Cost: $35 per person

Featuring the following wines and light antipasti:

De Angelis Lacrima de Christi del Vesuvio Bianco, Italy 2011
Cantine Caggiano Fiagre, Italy 2011
Stolpman Golden Point, California 2010
Miner Viognier, California 2011
Isole e Olena, Chardonnay, Italy 2011
Altosur Malbec, Argentina 2012
St Kilda Shiraz, Australia 2011
Domaine des Orgnes Cotes-du-Rhone, France 2010
St. Cosme Chateuaneuf-du-Pape 2008
Longview Shiraz, Australia 2009
Stolpman Shiraz, California 2010
Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2009
Santa Luz ‘Gran Corte’, Chile 2009
San Antonio Amarone, Italy 2008

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Sunday, February 24, 3 -7 pm at Panino
Featuring the Dishes of the Alto Adige
Cost: $140 per person; $60 for additional dinner guest