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Secret Squisito Menu Dicembre 2011/Inverno
Ginger Baker’s bread Trio di bruschetta, fritte di Grana Padano, due arrosto delle mandorla
Awesome antipasti selection of roasted almonds 2 ways, bruschetta 3 ways, gorgeous Grana Padano crisps and stunning Puglian olives stuffed with anchovies and chilli
Fonduta di Zucca – Roasted pumpkin served fondue style with a difference!
Rucola con pinoli e melograno – Jewel like pomegranate seeds with Tina’s winter leaves and toasted pine nuts
Wine recommendations: Something that stands up to the cheesey sweetness of the pumpkin so something frizzante like Prosecco as above. Moving on, for a flavour change and to compliment the pumpkin try Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio Ramato Rosé £3. 99 ALDI, Villa Chiara Pinot Grigio Frizzante Rosé – £3. 99 ALDI, Bianco, 2010 Rocca Vecchia Falanghina, Puglia £5.99 Co-Op Rugby, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010 £8.99 from Co-Op Rugby Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio 2008 – £7.99 Majestic, Cantina Beato Pinot Grigo Superiore Breganze 2007 – Majestic £4.99 ea for 2.
Salsiccia Toscana con Raviolo – Handmade ravioli stuffed with Tuscan sausage topped with sage butter
Wine recommendations: A medium weight Chianti like Piccini Chianti Riserva £6.49 at Tesco Rugby or CoOp Bilton, Cecci’s Chianti Classico from Sainsbury’s Rugby at £7.36 or Vino Nobile Montepulciano Poliziano (not Abruzzo btw) from Majestic £7.99. With the ravioli Piccini Supertuscan (this reads like a Piccini advert!) which is a bit lighter and like a good young claret is excellent and worth laying diown a few bottloes for next Christmas. On a budget or for a 2nd bottle try Aldi’s Tuscan red at £3.99 or la Collezione Rosso £2.99 – best at warm room temperature.
Ravioli with rainbow chard and homemade ricotta
Wine recommendations: A light red or rosé would be appropriate. We like Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio Ramato Rosé £3. 99 ALDI, Villa Chiara Pinot Grigio Frizzante Rosé – £3. 99 ALDI. For light red there is little to beat a cheap plain Valpolicella from a mix of corvina, molinara and rondinella grapes or Bardolino Classico. ASDA scores well underv £4.00 since we have not had a bad Valpolicella from them in recent years so it will be interesting to see what their 2010 is like next year. For something a bit richer try the Ripasso Valpolicella from Rugby M&S or Tesco at just under £6.00 respectively or pay another £3.00 and try Waitrose’s Ripasso Classico (eh??) at £9.99 from Lutterworth. If you win the lottery this week my favourite Valpolicella Classico here is by Allegrini from my favourite vintner Wine in Cornwall at £9.79 for the 2009 which is excellent drinking (but avoid the 2010 if it anything like the bottle we had at Fifteen Cornwall). Tesco Bardolino does the job and is recommended by our Italian loving plumber. £3.98 in Tesco or £5.99 for the excellent Allegrini Bardolino Naiano 2009 from Majestic.
Fagiano al Barolo – Denbigh Estate pheasant in Barolo with cavolo nero and polenta
Wine recommendations: a heavy red is the order of the day but that does not mean it has to be heavily oaked like rioja whilst sweeter reds like Primitivo grape goes well with game and polenta or something like Asda’s Extra Special at £6.25 or Sainsbury’s taste the Difference Primitivo di Manduria from Sainsbury’s Rugby at £5.99 or Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy 2009 from Waitrose Lutterworth £9.49 which is nice but exxy. Another good choice is Primitivo Torre Saracena from Bablake Wines in Coventry. For something a bit less sweet try Aglianico di Sicilia 2009 Italy from Majestic, £5.49 down from £6.99 for 2. Leave a glass to go with cheese.
Orata ‘al Cartoccio’ with Tuscan herbs – Sea Bream baked in a bag Tuscan style
Wine recommendations: A hard choice here since the meat eaters will be on red so I would buy a bottle of something really nice and IGT (that’s small local producer and variety in Italiano) and hog it to myself. My first choice would be a good Sicilian white like Gavi di Gavi generally avialable, or Frascati Superiore People, Poggio Le Volpi 2009 £8.49 from Wine in Cornwall which is a Cloudy Bay beater at our kind of money. For something slightly off the beaten track I heartily recommend Casada Inzolia from Duncan Murray in Market Harborough or the 2008 Trinacria Bianco, Sicily from Waitrose Lutterworth at the princely sum of £3.99
Fichi al Cioccolato con Noce – Figs stuffed and roasted with dark chocolate and hazelnuts
Wine recommendations: conventional logic suggest a sweet wine to pair with dessert so a pantillera or moscato from Sicily usually does the trick. However, we’ll be drinking a chilled glass of Lambrusco Dolce from ASDA at £2.38 or Medici Ermete from Tony Di Maria of AD Maria in Coventry (7.99 but in a different league).
Farmers Market selection with pink peppercorns and Warwickshire honey
Wine recommendations: as above or amaretto or limoncello. See if you can get Sara to unlock her homemade amaretto or limoncello or, better still, get her recipe!
Squisito 100% Columbian Arabica coffee
Wine recommendations: grappa or coffee liqueur is my choice with a glass of sparkling mineral water from Lidl 27p/litre
Many thanks to our wonderful producers who this month are Tina in Monks Kirby for pumpkins,hazelnuts, winter salad, herbs, cavolo nero, Barry the Gamekeeper on The Denbigh Estate, Monks Kirby for pheasant, Alex for Tuscan sausages
All my food is made to order and food allergies and foibles are easily catered for, so please just ask
Tickets are £29.50 each not including a tip which goes towards laundry and washing up! Bring your own wine to complete the occasion.
Advance reservations only. Tickets are SOLD OUT FOR DECEMBER – SORRY.
Now booking for 11th February and 3rd March, so please book early to avoid disappointment , tickets are £27.50. Limited tickets so book now.
We are pleased to recommend Barnacle Hall, a 16th century farmhouse on a working farm in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, a few minutes drive from Squisito HQ. Offering bed and breakfast from only £35.00. www.barnaclehall.co.uk