You are in for an Italian culinary treat. One of Orange County's most accomplished chefs, Franco Barone, former executive chef of Antonello Ristorante for nearly 20 years, and his wife, Donatella, are hosting their first wine dinner at 6 p.m. July 27 at their namesake Il Barone Ristorante in Newport Beach. You can taste his old-world-meets-modern-Italian culinary creations paired with Mission Wine Co. wines from Ciro Cirillo. Space is limited, and the wine dinner is priced at $65 per person, all inclusive.
Reserve your spot at Donatella@ilBaroneRistorante.com. For more information, visit http://www.ilbaroneristorante.com.
The dinner starts with assaggini, a selection of antipasto, thin slices of cured swordfish drizzled with orange, citrus mustard vinaigrette topped with baby greens and paired with a glass of Falanghina. Next dish is homemade thin pasta twills in a old fashion lamb ragú paired with Sangiovese Puglia. The second course, thin pounded medallions of beef tenderloin rolled with Parma prosciutto, provolone cheese, pine nuts bread crumbs and fresh herbs in a garlic white wine tomato sauce, paired with La Cattura. For dessert, fresh peaches and vanilla custard tarts served with caramel sauce and vanilla gelato, paired with Moscato d'Asti.