On Friday, February 20, 2015, Piero Selvaggio and the Consortium of the Brunello of Montalcino Wine celebrates the only “Leccio d’Oro” Gala Dinner on the west coast. As one of 30 restaurants worldwide, VALENTINO will host a tasting dinner designed by Selvaggio and Chef Luciano Pellegrini, the long-time chef of VALENTINO Santa Monica and Las Vegas. The dinner will showcase the stellar Brunello wines with a special tasting of the greatest recent vintage, 2010 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, Italian cuisine and the legacy and tradition of the most celebrated Italian Restaurant outside of Italy of the last century.
The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino awards the LECCIO GOLD each year to a restaurant that has a wine list with a wide presence of Brunello di Montalcino and other wines of Montalcino.
VALENTINO was one of the first restaurants to receive this prestigious award in 1995 and the first outside of Italy.
The dinner is priced at $125 per guest and includes the menu and all Brunello wine pairings provided by the Consortium as well as a tasting of the internationally acclaimed 2010 Brunello vintage Optional wines may be ordered from VALENTINO’s legendary cellar at discounted pricing.
Piero Selvaggio invites guests to bring a bottle of Brunello from their own collection for complimentary corkage to taste and compare to the 2010 vintage and the Brunello included with the dinner.
Fried Quail Eggs in Brioche, Mixed Seafood Cakes with Spicy Aioli
Bruschetta with Asparagus and Black Truffle
A Variety of Grilled Flat Bread Pizze
Tuscan Style Roasted Porchetta with Lattughina, Pecorino and Aged Balsamico
DUET OF PASTA
Pappardelle with Rabbit Meatballs
Homemade Pigeon Ravioli in their own Sauce
Colorado Rack of Lamb
Wild Boar Tagliata Scented with Fresh Thyme
Served over Black Kale Ratatouille, Cardoons and Squash with Peppered Garlic Sauce
Pecorino Cheese “Sformato” with Wild Arugula
Dinner & wine* $125 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuities
Includes a tasting of the internationally acclaimed 2010 Brunello vintage
Friday, February 20, 2015
6:30 p.m. to closing; reservations required for this limited seating dinner
All prices exclusive of tax and gratuity
The Leccio D’Oro prize award is given by the Consorzio del Brunello to the best restaurants in the world that have an extensive selection of wines from Montalcino, as well as a depth in vintages, and have distinguished themselves for its quality, consistency and the difference they have made as ambassadors of the finest, authentic Italian cuisine in the world. Piero Selvaggio’s VALENTINO was one of the first to be awarded this prize in 1995 and the first recipient outside of Italy.
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Piero Selvaggio and VALENTINO have made a significant contribution to the Los Angeles restaurant scene for over forty two years, introducing authentic Italian products, wine and regional cuisine to the public and nurturing many of our most influential chefs and restaurateurs. Selvaggio was recently recognized for his achievement in Angeleno and Wine Spectator magazines in October 2012. VALENTINO was named among the best Italian restaurants in the United States by Travel & Leisure and The Daily Meal. The restaurant was named among the thirteen restaurants that changed the Los Angeles dining scene by Zagat.com in 2012 and awarded Top 10 Romantic Restaurants, Top 10 Wine Lists, Top 10 Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles by Gayot.com in 2012. In 2013 Piero Selvaggio was one of five recipients of the prestigious Grana Padano Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards and was also profiled for the “Lifer” interview in Eater LA about his legendary career the same year. With its intimate dining rooms, unsurpassed wine cellar, and the consummate graciousness of owner Piero Selvaggio, VALENTINO remains the favored destination for some of the best dining in Los Angeles.
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