On a warm, late afternoon, I had 10 seven-year-old girls around the table, celebrating my youngest daughter’s birthday. We were at our local pizza place, Patsy’s on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They were giggling about Kung Fu Panda 2, which they had just seen, and scarfing down their pizza. (I even got a few of them turned on to the white pizza with sausage, rather than just a plain version.)
But what about the adults? Cranberry juice wouldn’t do. We didn’t need anything complicated, and this Italian red, at a modest $40 on the wine list, fit the bill. Made by Ciccio Zaccagnini, it was round and fresh, with juicy plum and black cherry fruit and a hint of anise on the finish—direct and easygoing, but still lively enough to match with the food. (Yes, I indulged in some pizza as well). The wine is made from Montepulciano grapes grown in the Abruzzo region of central Italy, fermented in stainless steel and then aged for a few months in Slovenian oak, giving it a light-bodied feel. A fun 85 points for me, non-blind.
No, Patsy’s doesn’t list vintages on the wine list, and the wine glasses aren’t Riedel. But once in a while, that’s OK.