Sicilian Market Pasta … Excellent with a Soave Classico

Pairing:  Sicilian Market Pasta (Pasta alla Moda del Mercato di Siracusa) Paired with a 2017 Pra Otto Soave Classico

Food:  In her cookbook, The Italian Country Table, Lynne Rosetta Kasper describes this as “A pasta inspired by the black olives that farmwives marinate and sell in the morning market in the Sicilian port town of Siracusa.” Adapted from her recipe, ours calls for fresh basil, oregano, tomato, garlic, olives, fresh mozzarella, crushed red pepper, a little orange zest, and ditalini pasta. The addition of the hot pepper brings the dish to a whole new level of enjoyment and makes for a very special pairing with the Soave Classico.


Market Pasta

Wine:  Soave is a medieval town surrounded by vineyards located about 25 km east of Verona in the Veneto wine region. The Veneto wine region sits in northeastern Italy, north and west of Venice. The region has become one of the most important regions both in terms of volume of wine produced and the fine reputation of both its red and white wines. Soave is probably the most well-known white wine in all of Italy. All Soave wine is made primarily (70% or more) from the Garganega grape which, together with its DNA twin, Grecanico Dorato, grown extensively in Sicily, constitute one of the most widely planted grape varieties in all of Italy. The Soave Classico designation was created to distinguish wine made from vineyards planted in only the original lands surrounding Soave, believed to be a superior terroir from those vineyards planted in more recently developed and expanded properties.

Soave Classico Otto

Tasting Notes:  Color is a pale gold with a slight greenish tint. A delightful fragrance of fresh cantaloupe and muskmelon. The melons carry over into the palate, joined with ripe apple and peach. A light-bodied wine absolutely delicious by itself … like sipping from a clean mountain stream. And stellar when paired with the diversity of flavors in the pasta salad … especially complementing the “heat” from the red pepper flakes. Great pairing!

Other Wines That Pair Well with Sicilian Market Pasta: Albarino (Spain), Verdicchio (Italy), Etna Bianco Superiore (Sicily), Verdejo (Portugal)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Soave Classico: Chicken Salad, Pasta with Clam Sauce,  Shrimp, White Fish (Baked or Pan-fried)

Views of Veneto Wine Region: Veneto Region

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One thought on “Sicilian Market Pasta … Excellent with a Soave Classico

  1. Yum! Had we the wine and ingredients at our fingertips, we’d be feasting on this appealing dinner tonight. Will stash suggestions away to hopefully assemble facsimile on another day. Thanks!


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