Italian wine dinners aplenty
Maureen Fant, author of award-winning “Sauces & Shapes,” a cookbook on Italian pasta, will be at a wine dinner April 7 at Mama Ricotta’s (with books, too). The menu will be Roman: Tonnarelli (think square spaghetti) with pecorino and black pepper; agnolotti stuffed with artichokes; roasted pork with herbs; greens and dessert of strawberries with ricotta mousse. $45, with Italian wine included. 704-343-0148; 601 S. Kings Drive; mamaricottasrestaurant.com.
The Palm hosts a four-course dinner April 9, featuring Antinori’s California and Italian wines, with an Antinori specialist on hand to talk about them. Dinner is $175, and among the courses is a choice of porcini-dusted bone-in New York strip steak or prosciutto-wrapped wild Alaskan halibut fillet, with Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Tignanello Toscana IGT. (IGT stands for Indicazione Geografica Tipica, which is an Italian regional designation, less stringently regulated than DOC, Denominazione di Origine Controllata.) Reservations: 704-552-7450; 6705 Phillips Place.
Corkbuzz headed to CLT?
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Corkbuzz, a wine “studio” in New York City that offers wine, education and winemaker dinners, is coming to Charlotte, according to sommelier and restaurateur Laura Maniec, who told Eater.com that she’s signed a lease. She plans a restaurant and wine setup; she’s also scheduled to open a second Corkbuzz in Manhattan.
East Coast oysters on the half shell go for $1 each and West Coast ones for $1.50 apiece, 4-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Upstream bar through March. 6902 Phillips Place; 704-556-7730.