Tequila Pairings Dinner in San Francisco

Chef Ivan Giansante offers a menu of five modern courses perfectly paired with Cabo Wabo tequila cocktails. The menu includes a Blood Orange Salad paired with the "Siesta" (Anejo tequila with Campari, lime and grapefruit juice); Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Figs served with the "Ruirita" (blanco tequila with Cynar, lime and rhubarb bitter); and Seared Ahi Tuna paired with the "Cherry Smash" (blanco tequila with orange and lime juice, club soda … [Read more...]

In With the New: Pairing Dinners featuring Stone Brewing Co.

We might be straying from our Italian roots slightly by saying this but here it is: Craft beer might just make for better pairing than food than wine. “Craft beer is by far the most versatile of all the beverages when it comes to pairing with food. There isn't a food item in the world I can't successfully pair with beer,” says Bill Sysak, better known as “Dr. Bill,” the beer ambassador for San Diego’s Stone Brewing Co. Sysak is widely … [Read more...]

A Dinner for Chocoholics

You are cordially invited to a 5-course tasting menu at one of our authentic Italian resturants! The catch: each dish is chocolate infused. Are you a chocaholic? Could you handle these taste explosions? Il Fornaio’s San Francisco Restaurant recently partnered with TCHO to bring this fabulous concept to life. Spearheaded by Chef Ivan Giansante — an Italian through and through, with a passion for chocolate, hand picked each ingredient, … [Read more...]

La Dolce Fa Niente: Choosing Wine Like an Italian

This is Part II of La Dolce Fa Niente, our summertime series on living a little more Italian. La dolce fa niente means “the sweetness of doing nothing.” This summer, live simply and treat yourself well. You could devote a lifetime to the nuances of food and wine pairings. It’s easy to be intimidated by the challenge of pairing wine with food. “Wine and food pairing is more art than science— in other words, it is subjective and really … [Read more...]