Casual Food, Serious Wine: La Pizza Fresca
Guiding Principle: An encyclopedic guide to the best wines of Piedmont. Value is all over the place, with quirky and interesting bottles in the $40-$60 range, and (since you’re saving money on the food) amazing deals on back vintages from Italy’s most famed producers, if you’re willing to spend a bit more.
Behind the Scenes: Brad Bonnewell, formerly an advertising executive, began his foray into the restaurant scene with coffee. Now, wine is his beverage of choice, with many older bottles sourced at auction.
The Food: Neopolitan pizza, certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana in Napoli.
Farnese Sangiovese from Abruzzo ($24).
Easy drinking and fruity pizza wine - if you want quaffable wine to keep the food the focus, this wine will have you thinking you’re at a pizzeria in Napoli.
Morellino di Scansano (Sangiovese), 2011, Morisfarms ($38)
Morellino means Sangiovese in the Tuscan coastal region of Maremma. Some believe the word comes from the Morello Cherry, a sour wild cherry. This intensely fruity, unoaked wine is a great choice for easy drinking.
Etna Rosso (Nerello Mascalese/Nerello Cappuccio), 2011, Tenuta delle Terre Nere ($38)
From some of the highest vineyards in Europe on Sicily’s Mount Etna, Tenuta delle Terre Nere’s wines have garnered attention for some time now. The high altitude allows for direct sun but cool temperatures, which result in this elegant wine made from indigenous Sicilian grapes.