I didn't eat all day yesterday. I was in Yorkshire visiting my children, and I knew I would be coming back to Italy in the evening. So, nothing to eat. Niente. Nada. Only water.
I arrived in Pisa from Leeds on Jet Glue, I mean Jet2. It is one of the worse airlines on earth, after Cubana. Anyway, I had organized a dinner with Wine Spectator's administrative assistant in Tuscany, Rosanne Quagliata, at Trattoria Camillo, in Florence, and I got there an hour late!
But what good, simple and satisfying food, not to mention a killer bottle of white: 2005 Antinori Umbria Cervaro della Sala. I had not tasted this wine for the magazine yet in an official review, so I was really excited to taste it, or let's say, drink it. Moreover, I thought the white, which is Chardonnay-based and one of the best whites in Italy, would go perfectly with the starter of diced celery, wind-dried mullet roe, and lots of fresh Tuscan olive oil. What a combination! Check out my video blog just to see a quick snippet of the experience.
The white is clearly outstanding. I loved the vanilla, apple, mango and tropical fruit character on the nose and palate. It was so tropical and exotic. Plus, it was full-bodied, with lots of fruit and a fresh finish. I would say its style is white Burgundy meets California Chardonnay. And with the decadent, fishy character of the dried roe or "bottarga," it was near-perfect.
We followed through for the main course with poached tiger prawns on top of garbanzo beans with sliced cherry tomatoes and lots of fresh olive oil. The Cervaro was a good match as well, but not as amazing as it was with the bottarga.
Trattoria Camillo was buzzing with loads of locals as well as Americans. I think it is one of the best places to go on a Sunday night in Florence when most places are closed. And considering the food and wine, I was happy I held back from eating all day!
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