As a wine lover, you’ve likely had your share of vertical flights of fine wine — but what about tortellini? Served up with over two dozen bottles of pale pink Chiaretto from the region’s finest producers?
This historic restaurant is located in Verona and so popular their website has directions how to reach the restaurant by car, train, and possibly helicopter.
In the evening, we had a delicious vertical tasting of tortellini (different fillings and different types of sauce) at Ristorante Alla Borsa, a very cozy, very old fashioned and very famous restaurant in Verona specializing in tortellini. The restaurant was absolutely packed with locals enjoying a feast of tortellini.
Yet outside the restaurant, before we walked in, the large pedestrian street was packed with Chiaretto producers who looked very excited to see us and show us their wines.
The evening set off with our group entering the private dining room and greeted by several attractive bottles of Chiaretto wine on ice, all ranges of pale pink and a few very pale copper colors. It was fun to try a taste of each and see how wines from the same Corvina grape could be so different from one another.
I was lucky enough to be seated across the table from Nicola Cerini, the export manager for the Pratello winery. I tried the fantastic Pratello Chiaretto wine and discovered that it is doing very well in the export markets, especially Germany. Beyond representing great wine, Nicola is a great person who really knows the value of his Chiaretto in the export markets.
The evening was a great way to meet the local producers, try more types of tortellini than most people will see in their lifetimes, and taste more Chiaretto.