Thursday, January 17, 2013

Please join us for dinner at Oliveto Restaurant as we welcome Liu Pambuffetti, winemaker for Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli in the Montefalco region of Umbria.

Chef Jonah Rhodehamel will prepare a special four-course menu that will be paired with outstanding wines from the Scacciadiavoli Winery.

Crostini di fegatini di pollo
with Umbrian poultry liver pȃté
Sagrantino Spumante Classico Rose N/V

Lenticchie con salsicce di Cascia
Umbrian lentils with pork sausage and sage
Montefalco Rosso 2009

Agnello allo spiedo
Spit-roasted leg of lamb with farro, sultana raisins, and pine nuts
Montefalco Sagrantino 2006

Selection of Caciotta, Pecorino and house-pulled mozzarella cheeses
Sagrantino Passito 2005

$95. plus tax and 18% gratuity
($60. menu $35. for wine parings)

Liu Pambuffetti will be in the dining room and available throughout the evening to chat and taste. All wines will be offered by the glass and half-glass if you chose not to order the prix fixe menu.

Call 510-547-5356 or reserve online


Founded in 1884, Cantina Scacciadiavoli, which translates as “cast out the devils,” takes its named from a 19th century exorcist who lived in the small village bordering the vineyard. Originally built by the Prince of Piombino, Ugo Boncompagni-Ludovisi, today Scacciadiavoli is owned by the wine-making Pambuffetti family. The estate covers 130 hectares with 35 hectares of vineyards, and is located in the heart of the Montefalco appellation. The vines are located at an average altitude of 400 meters with soils mixed between sand, schist and the typical clay of the area. The terrain is well suited for late maturing varieties such as the indigenous Sagrantino.

Sagrantino is a unique and rare grape variety grown in Umbria. Sagrantino produces elegant, complex, large structured red wines. It is full of character and has excellent aging potential.