I Love Classic Italian Food And Wine Pairings – Latium Dishes And White Wine

Latium is a region smack dab in the center of Italy. And Rome is pretty well smack dab in the center of Latium. In fact many people, and not only Italians, will say that Rome is the center of the world. But Rome and Latium are hardly at the center of the wine world. As much as I love Italian wine, I tend not to be a lover of Latium wine. The food can be fine. We provide pairings with Italian wine, but not necessarily Latium wine. To be fair, as in many other places across Italy and across the globe, many Latium wine producers are succeeding in developing fine wines. Be sure to give them a chance as they catch up with other Italian wine producers.

Stracciatella alla Romana (Egg Drop Soup) is a classic soup made from beef broth, eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. While its ingredients are simple, but the preparation can be tricky. You might choose to pair this soup with a Bianco di Pitigliano DOC from Tuscany or the better known Frascati DOC from outside Rome.

You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy a specialty coming from Rome’s Jewish ghetto, Carciofi alla Giudea (Deep-fried Artichokes). All you need are tender artichokes, a lemon, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Once again the preparation can be rather tricky. Pair with Frascati.

It’s quick, it’s simple, it’s delicious; Fettuccine Alfredo (Fettuccine in Double Cream). I hope you’re not counting calories. The recommended white wine is Orvieto, which is the signature wine of the neighboring region of Umbria. Other good choices are a Pinot Bianco or a buttery Chardonnay, both Italian of course.

For a light meal try Uova alla Provatura (Eggs with Provatura). Provatura is a popular buffalo milk cheese from Latium. You may substitute mozzarella for these cheese in many recipes including this one. Among the wine pairing choices are Bianco di Pitigliano DOC and the local Colli Albani DOC. If you have any Provatura and Colli Albani left over, you can cook up Provatura alla Salsa di acciughe (Provatura with Anchovy Sauce) and finish the wine.

Abbacchio alla romana (Lamb Roman style) is a Roman specialty, in particular a springtime favorite. Lamb chops, anchovies, garlic, and rosemary are some of the ingredients. If you do it right the anchovies will just blend in. And for pairings, go with a Frascati Superiore DOC. Is a Superiore really superior? Sometimes.

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