Cocktails & Crostinis

After a great Friday night whiskey tasting here at the store with Gable Erenzo from Tuthilltown Spirits (Missed it? Sign up for our in store events!) I dropped by Frankies 570 where our friends Jim and Cabal were behind the stick at the bar. Normally, after work I’m an Aperol Spritz type of guy, making mine with just about 2 oz of Aperol and 4 oz Prosecco on the rocks in a big red wine glass. But tonight, although they had an Aperol Cooler on the menu the “Autumn in Turin” seemed like a logical choice for a cool Fall evening.

Made with Becherovka,Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Apple Cider and Prosecco, it was a nice riff on traditional Italian Aperitivos. It entered sweet, had a slight bitterness then ended with the fall flavors of apple & cinnamon. It certainly wet my whistle for an excellent Arugula and Burrata Salad along with various Crostini (my favorite being the Sicilian White Anchovy). That went very well with a Verdicchio di Matelica from Fontezoppa.

However, the highlight of the evening was one of my favorite Barberas paired with the Meatballs with Pinenuts & Raisins. Most of the time we see Barbera from the towns of Asti or Alba but this Barbera from Cascina Zerbetta comes from the Monferrato region and is lovingly made by Paolo Malfatti & Annamaria Zerbetta on 3 hectares of vineyards that they farm using biodynamic and natural methods to make their wines. This dark-fruited wine has great acidity, a touch of earthiness and soft tannins that made it a perfect pairing with the tangy tomato sauce and savory meatballs.

But my meal didn’t end there. I finished up with a delicious Chocolate Tart. I usually like an Amaro after dinner and with chocolate I prefer Meletti for it’s chocolatey richness and slight bitterness which complements the dessert without overpowering it.

Check out Frankies 570 soon for well executed cocktails, delicious everyday Italian food and a great selection of small producer Italian wines. Astor approved.

-David Phillips