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Tuscan Winter Wine Events

with Italian Sommelier Francesco Fratini

 

 

Visiting Philadelphia for 3 nights from his home town of Cortona, Tuscany, Francesco Fratini will be hosting a series of wine focused events at Cicala on January 19th, 20th, and 21st.

See all details below to book. Space is limited!

 

Francesco is a sommelier, wine tourism specialist, and consultant to Chef Angela Cicala on her culinary tours to Italy.

Join one of his fun and informative classes or reserve our

Tuscan wine dinner where he will guide you through a tasting of some of his favorite wines from his homeland.

 

 

"An Evening In Tuscany Wine Dinner" 

6:30 pm

January 21, 2023

 

$125 pp exclusive of tax and gratuity

Includes guided tasting of 4 top tier Tuscan wines with

Somm. Francesco Fratini

4 courses of rustic Tuscan cuisine curated

by chefs Joe and Angela Cicala

Arrive early for a special cocktail hour with light bites

ANTIPASTO

Antipasto Misto

(served family style)

Assortment of tuscan salumi, cheeses, and

traditional antipasti

VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO

 

 

PRIMI

(served family style)

Ravioli di Castagne ai Funghi

Chestnut-filled ravioli, wild mushroom ragu, thyme, pecorino tuscano Pici al Fumo Hand rolled pici, tomato, rosemary, onion, cream, smoked pancetta

SYRAH CORTONA DOC SECONDO

 

 

SECONDO

Porchetta al Forno

Roasted suckling pig, rosemary potatoes, natural jus Vegetarian and pork-free option available

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG DOLCI

 

DOLCI

Zucotto ai Cantucci

Almond-ricotta mousse, Amadei Tuscan dark chocolate, Vin Santollaced "pan d' Spagna", toasted almonds MOSCADELLO DI MONTALCINO OR VIN SANTO DOCG

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WILD WILD WEST:

WEST COAST WINES OF

USA AND ITALY

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19th

6:30 pm

$95 per person includes guided tasting and light bites

 

 

 

 

Start the weekend off at this Friday night wine class, featuring tastings of Italian and American West Coast wines. Learn the differences and similarities created by the terroir, sun, sea, and wind of two of the most important wine producing regions on the planet.

 

Italian: We will be featuring wines of some of the best winemakers of the Amalfi Coast, Irpinia, and from the vines growing in the ancient volcanic fields of Campi Flegrei, where the people of Pompeii have been producing wines since before the eruption of Vesuvius.

 

American: Red and white wines hailing from the wild, rocky coasts of Washington state and Oregon, and the rolling hills of California's sunny

wine country. Tastings will be paired with fun Neapolitan small plates.

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EXTRA VIRGIN BUBBLES:

A SPARKLING WINE AND OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE 

 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20th

12:30-2:00 pm  

$95 per person includes guided tasting of sparkling wines,

olive oils, and light bites

 

 

This class focuses on two of the most luxurious products of Italy; sparkling wine and extra virgin olive oil.

Wine and olive oil have been celebrated throughout the country for centuries, and for good reason!

 

EVOO, First Cold Press, Infused...Learn what to look for when choosing a quality olive oil, what to

steer clear of, and which dishes to pair best with different olive varieties.

  

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JOIN US ON ONE OF

OUR CULINARY TOURS TO TUSCANY, ITALY

  

Spend the afternoon with Renaissance masterpieces and sip Vino Nobile while watching the Tuscan sun set.  Explore medieval hill towns, make fresh pasta and go antiquing. Get delightfully lost in the winding cobblestone streets the Medici once travelled, and spoil yourself in Italian rustic elegance. This is Tuscany.

 

Start with 7 nights in Cortona, and if you need more Italy in your life, extend your trip with a 3 night add on in Florence. 

Available year round. Please inquire for dates in 2024.

Tuscany 7 night tour includes:

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  •   7 nights accommodation at Hotel Villa Marsili

  •   6 Lunches & 6 Dinners  

  •   Wine included with all meals              

  •   Private transportation throughout the tour    

  •   All entrance fees to excursions outlined in itinerary

  •   Hands-on cooking class 

  •   Full day in Florenece

  •   All taxes and gratuities

  •   Transfers to and from Rome.

**Prices fluctuate between high and low season. Please inquire for pricing.

  Not Included:  

 

  •   International Airfare 

  •   Travel insurance

 

​Please inquire for availability. 

For more details or questions please contact Angela at angela@cicalarestaurant.com

or call (443) 440-0473 

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