Monday, October 25, 2010

Tour D'Italia - Tresca in Boston

Traveling again, this time for a corporate client event in Boston at an excellent Italian restaurant called Tresca located in Boston's historic North End. It is owned in part by Bruins Hockey legend Ray Bourque, and run by General Manager Massimo Tiberi, whose enthusiasm and passion for the cuisine and wine is evident from the minute you begin to work with him. A little tour of Italy was the theme, with wines from Friuli, Nebbiolo d'Alba from Piedmont, a Sangiovese/Merlot Super Tuscan blend and a Moscato D'Asti to wind things up, all paired with a menu specifically chosen to work with the wines. Great service from the staff and a little educational background about Italy, the wines, and the menu all combined to make this a fun and informative evening that, judging by the post-dinner comments, everyone enjoyed! Then again as long as the restaurant "gets it" and provides well prepared food, seamless service, and good wine, my job is a joy! Surprising how many can't execute, but Tresca did tonight. The menu and wines are below - and while everything was great, if I had to pick a favorite it was the Bolognese sauced Gnocchi with the Nebbiolo. It just barely edged out the fork tender Osso Bucco that melted in your mouth, served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and a big, muscular Tuscan red. Looking forward to coming back here again! If you are interested in a corporate, private or non-profit wine event please feel free to contact me at 908.310.6127 or visit our web site at  Wine Experts LLC for a detailed outline of services and wine classes provided. Cheers!

~Tour Di Italia~

~Tresca Restaurant~


Choice of:

Crespelle al Forno

Crisp chive crepes stuffed with roasted wild mushrooms and
truffled fresh ricotta

Capesante Veneziane

Cider glazed native sea scallops, roasted parsnip lobster broth,
apple arugala salad

Caesar con Tartufi
Classic Romaine salad with white truffle Caesar dressing

2008 “Tocai” Friulano Bastianich-Friuli

~Pasta Course~

Gnocchi Bolognese
Traditional northern style veal and pork ragout enriched with
pancetta and tomatoes

2008 “100% Nebbiolo” Giacosa Fratelli-

~Piatti Principali~

Choice of:

Filetto di Manzo
Eight ounce Black Angus tenderloin finished with
Tresca’s homemade steak sauce, roasted garlic
mashed potatoes, and
grilled asparagus

Vitello Osso Bucco
Traditional style braised veal shank served roasted
garlic mashed potatoes, finished with a hearty tomato
vegetable ragu

Salmon Genovese

Slow roasted Atlantic salmon filet, served with a
shaved fennel and apple salad, roasted garlic mashed

potatoes, finished with an
apple cider reduction

2007 “Super Tuscan” 70% Sangiovese, 30%
“Poggio Alla Badiola” Castello di Fonterutoli-


North End Classic
Trio of Modern Pastry cannoli filled with chocolate,
ricotta, custard

2008 “Moscato D’Asti” Piazzo- Piemonte

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