The italian autonomous region FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA is a land of exceptional flavors at the crossroad of Italy, Slovenia (then the former Austro-Hungarian Empire), Austria, the Mediterranean see and the Adriatic). It has nice cities like Trieste and Udine and a huge historical heritage.
On 19 November, in Brussels the Friuli Venezia Giulia showed its best assets to a selected audience. A great masterclass was led by two experts: Walter Filiputti, a famous italian journalist and the belgian wine journalist Marc Vanhellemont (In Vino Veritas). They presented traditional grape sorts of the region as Ribolla gialla, Pignolo, Refosco, Malvasia istriana, Schiopettino, Friulano, Ramandolo and others. 5 wines were tasted (1 spumante, 1 white, 1 red, 2 sweet wines), first alone and then in the middle of a beautiful wine-food pairing with prosciutto San Daniele hams DOC and delicious cheeses.
Then the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of Udine and ICE have received a wider audience for a walking dinner which allowed everyone to discover the specialties of Friuli-Venezia Giulia prepared by four chefs::
– From VITELLO D`ORO restaurant, slice of swordfish, fresh tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella from Friuli.
– From COSTANTINI restaurant, traditional agnolotti from Carnia.
– From LA PRIMULA restaurant, typical Frico cheese with mushrooms and polenta molle.
– From LA TAVERNA restaurant, risotto with late red chicory.
What a succesfull evening !
Miguel D DESNERCK
pictures: Henry BORZI