With the room filling up fast, it was time to settle at our tables. Neil introduced himself and spoke a few words about the Prosecco and the next wine, the Pieropan Soave 2008 whilst the staff busily brought through our first course - Seafood risotto with white truffle shavings and fresh pesto. The quality of the scallops in this dish was outstanding and the risotto was a beautiful consistency. The Pieropan particularly enhanced the scallop and had enough acidity to cut through the creaminess.
Neil then explained a little about the next two reds Ca dei Frati Ronchedone 2006 & Tenimenti Corvina/Cabernet Sauvignon Thesaurum 2006 we were to have with the Roast Rump of Lamb. It had been marinated in sage, thyme, garlic and lemon and served with slow braised Italian beans in a tomato broth. The Ronchedone was the clear favourite of the two with this well executed dish. One of Neil's favourite reds, it was clear to see why this why it is so great, especially with food. Great depth of fruit and perfumes of spicy red fruits that complemented the tender lamb and brasied beans very nicely indeed.
The reds carried through to the cheese course of Dolcelatte served with 2 different Italian pressed dried fig and almond slices and fresh figs. It is worth mentioning here that Jamie Racjan from Fungi Delecti supplied Feast with much of the produce used during the evening and it really showcased what beautiful foods he grows locally and imports into this Island. Well done Jamie! Click here to see more information on his company and his products. The creamy Dolcelatte was one of the best I had had for quite some time and the pressed fig slices were delicious.
After a few more words from Neil we eagerly awaited the dessert of Lemon Tart with passionfruit mascapone and amaretti biscuits with Maculan Moscato Dindarello 2007. The lemon tart was a dream with great pastry and light brulée topping which worked really well with the citrus notes in the Dindarello.