4 Course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner
Thursday, January 19, 6:30pm
With Guest Chef Ludovico DeVivo
Cost: $85 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity
Girasole is thrilled to partner with Tasca d’Almerita and warmly welcomes Chef Ludovico DeVivo from Sicily. Chef DeVivo, along with Pasty Chef Gabrielle, will cook along with Chef Patierno and bring you not one but TWO events. A cooking class of classic Sicilian dishes will be held Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm. The following night, Thursday, January 19th, Girasole will host a four course Tasca d’Almerita Wine Dinner. This $85, fix-priced meal, will include antipasti and Tasca d’Almerita Regaliali Bianco to whet your appetite for the four courses to come, each paired with Sicily’s Tasca d’Almerita wines.
Lamuri Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC
Risotto alla Norma
Rosso del Conte Contea di Scalfani DOC
Pan-sautéed sea bass with parsley sauce, swiss chard, and anchovy
Grillo Cavallo delle Fate Sicilia DOC
Diamante Passito Sicilia IGT
Space is limited for both events. Call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make your reservation. *Menus subject to availability
6 Course Annual Truffle Dinner
Sunday, November 13, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira, GD Vajra
Cost: $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity
Our annual Truffle Dinner celebrates the famed white truffle from Italy’s Piedmont region. Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Estate. The cost is $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Since Roman times, truffles have been hunted for both their aphrodisiac qualities and taste. The white truffle, also referred to as the White Diamonds of Alba, found in the Piedmont region of Italy is known for its enigmatic smell, with hints of fermented honey, hay, garlic, spices, and wet earth. Girasole’s white truffles are hunted by Ezio and his prized, four-legged companion, Jolly.
Chef Patierno, always committed to using only quality ingredients, transforms the white truffle into complex dishes that show with one bite why the truffles have been prized for centuries. Girasole’s fix-priced, six course meal with wine pairings by G.D. Vajra will give tribute to the Piedmont truffles and will delight every palate.
Chef Patierno’s menu for 2016 is inspired by traditional regional Italian dishes and locally available, seasonal ingredients that highlight the flavors of the white truffle.
Featuring the following courses and wine pairings by G.D. Vajra:
Della Neve Nebbiolo Rose Brut N/V
Raviolo bergese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Ricotta and local farm egg yolk ravioli with shaved white truffle
Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2013
Insalata verde dell’orto con capasanta e olio di tartufo bianco
Local greens with white truffle oil and seared Diver scallop
Riesling ‘Langhe Bianco’ 2015
Risotto alla Piemontese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Piedmontese carnaroli risotto with shaved white truffle
Freisa ‘Kyé’ 2011
Cotoletta di vitello e scaglie di tartfufo bianco
Milk-fed veal chop with shaved white truffle
Barolo ‘Ravera 2011
Borolo ‘Bricco della Viole’ 20
Dolce al tartufo bianco
Moscati d’Asti 2015
To make a reservation, call 540-253-5501. Space is limited. Menu is subject to change based on availability.
Sunday, November 2, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery
Cost: $225 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity
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 2012
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 2011
Uovo Affogato al Brodo di Porcini Servito con Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Poached Farm Egg in Rich Porcini Broth & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo 2012
Insalata Verde dell’Orto
Local Mixed Greens, Artisanal Olive Oil & Crostini
Vajra Langhe Bianco Riesling 2012
Risotto alla Piemontese e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Piemontese Carnaroli Risotto & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Langhe Rosso 2011
Coniglio Arrosto e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Roasted Rabbit & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2009
Vajra Moscato D’Asti 2013
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:
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
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.
By Middleburg Eccentric
Everyone knows what makes a house a home. It’s cozy, inviting, filled with loved ones, good food, and everyone’s welcome, especially around the holidays. That’s also what makes a great restaurant your home away from home, and that’s what you’ll find At Girasole, in The Plains.
Not only will you enjoy fantastic regional Italian food by Chef Lou Patierno, but you will applaud the special dinner events they offer.
There are wine tastings and wine dinners every month; sponsor trips to Italy; an aperitivo bar; and, during the holiday season special food baskets; catering; party hosting, wine sales; and gift certificates.
Chef Patierno uses locally grown produce and meats in his recipes including mushrooms from North Cove Mushrooms, figs from Ticonderoga Farms, and organic beef and chicken from Ayrshire Farms.
“I was inspired by a trip to my aunt’s house in Ferrara in Northern Italy, when I was a teenager,” he explained.
“I fell in love with Italian cuisine.”
Trained at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, and later at the famed Tiberio in Washington, DC, Chef Patierno brings passion and expertise to his cooking.
“My approach is straightforward. I want the natural flavors to come through which requires the very best ingredients. Securing fresh products, especially locally sourced, is a requirement therefore to make a successful dish,” he emphasized.
Next month to celebrate truffle season, Chef Patierno and his wife, Lydia, who also trained at the Culinary Institute of America, will feature their annual Piedmont Truffle Dinner on Sunday, November 11 at 7 pm.
Hosted by their friend, Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the seven courses will include tenderloin carpaccio with micro greens and shaved white truffles, Piedmontese carnaroli truffle risotto, proscuitto wrapped Ayshire Farm rose veal and sweetbread studded agnolotti with shaved white truffles.
Other upcoming events include a Thanksgiving wine tasting on November 18 at 3 pm where fifteen wines will be offered to taste and to purchase to ensure that your Thanksgiving meal has perfect wine pairings. But if you don’t want to cook on Thanksgiving, join the Patierno family for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from noon to five. For only $65 per person, you’ll enjoy a traditional meal with optional Italian-inspired side dishes.
Locals will enjoy Girasole’s new Apertivo Bar. Small plate pastas, pizzas and other delectable bites and specialty cocktails are available each Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 in the lovely lounge area. For those who wish to learn from Chef Patierno, a cooking class, takes place periodically at the sister restaurant, Panino, in nearby Manassas, Virginia.
Lydia Patierno runs the dining area and she and her servers, that sometimes include her grown children and nephew, know how to ensure that everyone is treated exceptionally well and leaves happy.
Girasole is open everyday Monday through Saturday from 4:30 to 10 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm. They can be found on the web at www.girasoleva.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/girasoleva For more information or to make a reservation, call 540-253-5501.
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