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)

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Penne with Fresh Tuna … and Soave

Pairing:  Penne with Fresh Tuna, Herbs and Tomatoes paired with 2013 Le Battistelle Roccolo del Durlo Soave Classico 

Food:  A favorite pasta dish that we have enjoyed many times over the years. Our simple technique is adapted from a recipe in the marvelous cookbook, Diary of a Tuscan Chef. In a few Tbsp of olive oil, sauté some finely chopped garlic and 2-3 Tbs of fresh oregano until slightly browned. Add about 1/2 lb of 1/2 inch cubes of fresh tuna and cook until lightly golden brown, but still slightly pink on the inside. Splash in some of the Soave Classico and scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Add a small box of cherry tomatoes, halved, and cook until softened and some of the juices have melted into the pan. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix everything into some already cooked penne, drizzle with a little more olive oil, and stir in 3 Tbsp of chopped fresh parsley. Check for seasoning and serve with a green salad. Great as leftovers, too!


Wine:  Soave Classico is a white wine that comes from the Verona province of northeastern Italy in the beautiful hill country quite far west of Venice. Soave Classico is a region just outside of the town of Soave. The wine in this region is distinguished by the fact that it is made with 100% Garganega grapes, an ancient grape that has been grown in this area since Roman times. It is regarded as one of the finest white wine grapes in all of Italy. Other Soave wine is usually made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Trebbiano, and Garganega grapes. Consider, too, that this wine from the Le Battistelle vineyard is very reasonably priced at about $15.


Tasting: Pale gold in color. The nose of this wine reminds one of the smells encountered on a walk through freshly mowed green grass while munching on a Granny Smith apple. Green apple also pervades the palate along with some honeydew melon. A perfect complement to this pasta dish, but one could thoroughly enjoy this wine all by itself. A delight!

Other Wines That Pair Well with This Food:  Pinot Grigio, Un-oaked Chardonnay, Italian Chardonnay, Verdicchio

Other Foods That Pair Well with This Wine: Chicken Salad, Shrimp, White Fish, Pasta in a Light Cream and Seafood Sauce

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