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Francesco’s Italian Food and Wine Pairing Guide – Part 1

Francesco’s Italian Food and Wine Pairing Guide - Part 1

Italian food is arguably the most beloved cuisine in the world, with famous dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, hand-tossed pizza, and fresh bruschetta. However, to fully enjoy all that Italian food has to offer, you’ll want to indulge in a wine pairing with your food. When done correctly, wine pairings can elevate and enhance the flavors of Italian food, making the experience even richer and more exciting. 


Here are a few of our favorite food and wine pairings from our menu at Francesco Restaurante Italiano:


Seafood & White Wine


Rose Rosarto Calafuria  + Cacciucco (Seafood Bouillabaisse) Cioppino: Cacciucco is our Italian tomato-based seafood soup made with mussels, clams, prawns, calamari, and fresh fish, served with toasted bread. We recommend a glass of Rose Rosarto Calafuria to accompany this stew because the fruity, floral notes pair perfectly with the acidity of the tomato broth and fresh seafood flavors. 


Pinot Grigio and Santa Christina + Gamberi in Salsa Rosa: Our Gamberi in Salsa Rosa is an excellent appetizer to get the meal going! We serve large prawns with our special vodka aioli sauce. To elevate the flavors of the aioli, try a glass of pinot grigio with it. Pinot grigio is often served with antipasti, and this pairing is proof of how well seafood and white wine work together. 


Tomato-Based Sauce Dishes & Red Wine 


Cabernet Sauvignon + Spaghetti with Meatballs: Spaghetti is an all-time Italian favorite, and for good reason! Our spaghetti is served in rich, homemade tomato sauce with Italian meatballs, finished off with a sprinkling of fresh parmesan cheese. The bold taste of the sauce requires a medium-bodied wine, such as a cabernet sauvignon. 


Merlot + Ravioli Primavera: Ravioli is Italian pasta pillows stuffed with a number of filling options such as cheese, meat, or vegetables. Our Ravioli Primavera consists of zucchini, funghi (mushrooms), and cherry tomatoes inside of our housemade ravioli pasta, served in a cream sauce. To balance the cream, we suggest sipping on a glass of merlot throughout the meal. 


At Francesco Restaurante Italiano in Snoqualmie, Washington, we pride ourselves on our authentic Italian dishes created by Chef Vincenzo Tarantino. Each item on the menu is crafted using the freshest ingredients from local farmers’ markets. 

Now that our county is in Phase 2, we are pleased to announce that our dining room is open once again! For delicious and authentic Italian food and wine pairings, come dine with us at Francesco!

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