I have always wanted to go to Venice for Carnevale. It seems like such an interesting and exciting celebration, yet somehow I keep on missing it. Perhaps it is because Carnevale falls 40 days before Easter. The date changes every year and I would need to plan ahead. Since I did not make it again this year, I did the next best thing and Carnevale at SD26, one of New York’s best restaurants. There, Carnevale is celebrated every Sunday in March
Masks are a big part of Carnevale and guests are given a fabulous feathered mask when they arrive. Throughout the evening I Giullari di Piazza, a group of Neapolitan street performers led by Alessandra Belloni danced around the restaurant playing music and singing Neapolitan songs. They were dressed as characters from the Commedia del’Arte such as Pulcinella, Arlecchino and Ricciulina. Some of the restaurant guests danced with them. It was lively and great fun.
Since the menu consisted of foods typical of Naples we drank a red wine from Campania.
Az. Agr. Monte de Grazie Biological Winery Rosso 2008
The wine is made from 90% Tintore di Tramonti from very old ungrafted vines and 10% Piedirosso. The Tintore di Tramonti grows almost exclusively in the Monte Lattari Valley. The grape is harvested at the end of September, which makes it an early ripener for this area. This indigenous red grape variety belongs to the Tienturier family. Tienturier means dyed or stained in French. The flesh and the juice of these grapes are red in color. The anthocyanin pigments accumulate in the grape berry itself. The free run juice is therefore red. This is a complex wine with earthly aromas, red fruit and a slight hint of black pepper and spice with good acidity that makes it a very good food wine. This wine has ageing potential. I had the 2009 with the owner of the winery, Dr. Alfonso Arpino, on the Amalfi coast last year and it may be the best wine he has made so far!