Events / Dinner

Italian Love Letter

Mon, May 21, 2018

7:00 PM
The Beard House
Member Price: $135 Public Price: $175 Phone: 212.627.2308
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Fabrizio Facchini

Taverna Novo, Saratoga Springs, NY; and Antico Borgo Hotel, Arcevia, Marche, Italy

Samira Oumousa

Taverna Novo, Saratoga Springs, NY; and Antico Borgo Hotel, Arcevia, Marche, Italy

Jeffrey Novo

Taverna Novo, Saratoga Springs, NY

Patricia Novo

Taverna Novo, Saratoga Springs, NY

When they’re not busy running their boutique hotel in the idyllic Italian hillside of Arcevia, husband-and-wife team Fabrizio Facchini and Samira Oumousa are pleasing American palates at neighborhood gem Taverna Novo in Saratoga Springs. For this elegant spring dinner, the duo will join the eatery’s owners Jeffrey and Patricia Novo for an exploration of exceptional regional Italian ingredients from the toe to the top of the Boot.

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Hors d’Oeuvre

Bergamot Mousse with Shrimp, Lobster, Octopus, and Strawberry and Raspberry Syrup–Pickled Rhubarb

Foie Gras Wafer Biscuits with Piedmontese Nut Praline, Balsamic Reduction, and Cervia Sea Salt

Miniature Wagyu Beef Burgers with 24-Month-Aged Parmesan Cream, Sundried-and-Roasted Tomato Ketchup, Field Herbs, Wasabi–Dijon Vinaigrette, and Red Onion Confit on Charcoal Buns

Montesel Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Prosecco NV


Burrata di Andria Crostino with White Anchovy, Tomato Confit, Pickled Red Onions, and Raspberry Dust

Casata Monfort Pinot Grigio Rosé 2017

Lobster with L’Aquila Saffron Risotto and Sicilian Bronte Pistachio Pesto

Nifo Falanghina Del Sannio 2016

Umbria il Tartufo > Braised Veal and Norcia Black Truffle–Stuffed Potato Ravioli with Truffle, Hazelnut, Veal, and Foie Gras Cream Sauce; Lime Zest; and Shaved Truffles

Torti Gemma Rossa Oltrepó Pavese Pinot Nero 2014

Wood Oven–Fired Hudson Valley Porchetta with Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables

Famiglia Losi Querciavalle Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Zuppa Inglese Revisited

Special thanks to Garry Tornberg and Tricana Imports for generously donating wines for this event. 

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