Classic Italian Food And Wine Pairings – White Wine And Campania Dishes

Campania forms the shin of the Italian boot. It’s the second most populous region in all Italy. Because it’s so far south, I don’t propose touring in the summer heat. When do you go, visit the capital, Naples, as in “See Naples and Die,” the upper class playground of Sorrento and Pompeii, frozen in time with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius some two thousand years ago. Campania claims to be the home of pasta and pizza. We do some pizza below.

For starters, some people like Alici in Tortiera (Moist-Baked Anchovies) made with Pecorino cheese, olive oil, breadcrumbs, and spices. My mouth is watering. It waters even more at the thought of the Campania wine Fiano di Avellino DOCG that’s one of my favorite Italian whites. Since you probably won’t finish a relatively expensive bottle on the appetizer we have other Fiano pairing suggestions below. Among the other wines to pair with this dish are Frascati DOC from Latium, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC from Abbruzzi, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG from Tuscany.

Campania is quite a fine place for pizza. Among your choices are Pizza Margherita (Pizza with Mozzarella and Tomatoes), Pizza Marinara (Pizza with Tomato, Garlic and Oregano) or a cheeseless Pizza Napoletana (Neapolitan Pizza). Pair the Margherita with a red or rose Bardolino from Veneto or with a Fiano di Avellino DOCG. Pairing choices for the Marinara include Aversa DOC from Campania (it may be difficult to find) and Colli Albani from Latium. Pair the Napoletana with an Aversa DOC or a Fiano di Avellino DOCG.

Our next food suggestion isn’t as popular as pizza. Polipo alla Luciana (Octopus alla Luciana) requires quite a lot of work. You will have to tenderize the Octopus and after you stick it in the oven with tomatoes, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper you should really watch it regularly so it doesn’t stick to the pan. On the upside, this dish pairs well with a variety of white wines, some of which are upscale. Suggested wines include Greco di Tufo DOCG from Campania (the grapes are originally from Greece), Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC from The Marches (this is the most common Verdicchio), Vermentino di Gallura DOCG from Sardinia, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG from Tuscany.

Time for dessert. My local Italian food store sells ready-made Sfogliatella Riccia (Shell-shaped Flaky Ricotta Pastries) and they are delicious. When I see these beautiful pastries my guess is that they are difficult to make. Suggested wine pairings include the Tuscan dessert wines Moscadello di Montalcino DOC and Vin Santo del Chianti both sold in small bottles.

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