At Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe, we offer an extensive wine list featuring a variety of Italy’s finest wines. Our expert servers can assist in the pairing of wines to your chosen meal. And for your convenience, we have prepared an easy wine and food pairing guide below.
Champagne: Iconic for any celebration, champagne is also ideal when paired with salty foods. Dry sparkling wines like brut Champagne and Spanish cava have a faint touch of sweetness that makes them extra-refreshing when served with our Disco Clams, clams stuffed with red peppers, celery, garlic, shallots and topped with bacon or our Carnivore’s Platter for Two prosciutto di Parma, speck, spicy capicollo, sweet sopressata, mortadella, and olives perfect for date night.
Vermentino: Lovely paired with dishes that have lots of fresh herbs such as Grandma’s Lamb Specialty, roasted lamb meatballs in a fresh rosemary, wild mushroom cornmeal and lemony white wine sauce, Vermentino and Gruner Veltliner bring a complimentary citrus and clover scent.
Pinot Grigio: Pairs well with light fish dishes such as our Bed of Black Shells,
mussels sautéed in shallots, white wine, pernod and tarragon which seems to take on even more flavor when matched with delicate white wines, such as Chablis, Pinot Grigio or Arneis.
Chardonnay: Pairs well with fatty fish or fish in rich sauces. Our Upstream Swimming Fish, wild caught sockeye salmon pan roasted with haricot vert in a grainy Dijon mustard sauce pairs perfectly with silky whites such as chardonnays.
Dry Rosé: Ideal when enjoyed with rich, cheesy dishes. Dry Rose has both the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red wine. Dry rose is a wonderful accompaniment to our indulgent cheese dishes such as our Cheesy Veal Dish thinly pounded veal chop breaded and pan fried, topped with melted mozzarella, and tomato sauce as well as our Italian Cheeseboard for Sharing
parmigiano reggiano, sharp provolone, pecorino toscano and creamy gorgonzola.
Pinot Noir: Complimentary to dishes with earthy flavors and recipes made with ingredients such as truffles and mushrooms. Dishes such as our Truffled Moneybags, small bag shaped fresh pasta filled with ricotta cheese in a creamy white truffle sauce taste great with light-bodied reds like Pinot Noir and Dolcetto that are full of savory depth.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Well suited to dishes featuring juicy red meat. Cabernet, Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style blends pair beautifully with our Neapolitan Way, sliced New York sirloin topped with fresh tomato sauce, capers, olives and oregano. The firm tannins in the wines refresh the palate after each tasty bite of red meat.
Rosé Champagne: Cava, sparkling wine and rose champagne aren’t just great with hors d’oeuvres, they have the richness and depth of flavor to go with a vast array of main courses as well such as Wide Road for the Wild Swine, fresh parpadelle with a braised wild boar, red wine, juniper berries and fresh herbs
Old World Wines: Not surprisingly, old world wines go hand in hand with Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe’s old world dishes. For example our Little ears of Apulia, orecchiette pasta with Italian sweet sausage, broccoli rabe, toasted bread crumbs, and fennel pollen, pairs well with a medium-bodied Chianti for example.
Moscato d’Asti: To finish off the evening, moderately sweet sparkling wines like Asti Spumante, Moscato d’Asti and demi-sec Champagne help emphasize the fruit in our desserts, rather than the sugar. Our Tartufo Italian Ice Cream Dessert with Fruit with a glass of Moscato d’Asti is the perfect ending to a meal.