Italiano’s gladly presents you a list of food and wine pairings just in time for the holidays! If you’d like to dine out with the family at Italiano’s or dine in at home, this wine pairing list we’ve provided will make your meal absolutely superb.

One very traditional way to approach Italian wine is to pair regional wines with provincial recipes. It’s really quite simple - if you're cooking a meal from Tuscany, you’d typically want to stick with wines from Tuscany; if a Sicilian centered item is on the menu, you should then look for regional Sicilian wines. This is unquestionably one of the most traditional starting points for wine pairings, however, taking the easy way out can also be limiting. At times the best food and wine pairings make the patron step outside of his or her natural restrictions, so to speak. Below are a few tips for pairing your wine selection with your dish.

Apéritifs and cocktails: These drinks pair best with appetizers and drinks before a meal. Sparkling wines work great to start off - for example; Prosecco or Spumonti Brut.

Seafood, fish dishes, and cream based sauces: White wines are often better with seafood and fish based dishes. Try a Chardonnay, Falerio, Fiano di Avellino, Pinot Bianco, or Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Veal, pasta in tomato or meat sauce, chicken: Light-bodied or medium-bodied reds are ideal; pour Barbera, Bardolino, Chianti, Dolcetto, Grignolino, Lambrusco, Merlot, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Nebbiolo, Rosso di Montalcino, or Valpolicella.

Game, red meat, roasts, and aged cheeses: Full-bodied reds are the most appropriate and suitable for reat meats and aged cheeses; having Amarone, Barbaresco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Taurasi, or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano would all work best with your dish.

Desserts and pastries: Sparkling or sweet wines pair wonderfully; try an Asti Spumante, Malvasia, Moscato d'Asti, or Vin Santo.

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