Eating to Italy and Back
Turning Stone Resort Casino is offering a delicious way to visit Italy—all without ever leaving Upstate New York.
This month, through the Culinary Tour of Italy promotion at Pino Bianco restaurant, guests will be transported to the Piedmont region of Italy, the portion of the country that is closest to Switzerland, and France. This three-course meal is available nightly through the end of November.
Chef Richard Skoyec has planned quite a feast.
For the first course, he has imported castlemagno cheese, which he’s serving on a charcuterie board with Piedmont salami, bra duro cheese and hazelnuts. For the second course, Chef Richard is preparing a beef carpaccio with capers, anchovies, basil, and crostini. Finally, for the third course, guests can enjoy Panissa Alla Vercellese, which comprises aged arborio rice, salumi, borlotti beans, and grada Padano cheese. Each course has an optional pairing with wine imported from Italy.
Chef Richard added that Piedmont is perhaps most famous for black truffles, and he noted guests also can opt to have truffles on their carpaccio and risotto dishes if they wish.
(Here in the United States, truffles are considered quite a delicacy.)
When asked to describe this overall meal, Chef Richard chose the word “transformative,” and noted that some guests may be surprised when they experience something different from what they have considered as Italian food up to this point.
“The food in the northern part of Italy is so different from what most of us are used to,” he explained. “They rely heavily on beef. They use almost strictly rice instead of wheat. There’s very little olive oil. It’s a real departure from the fish and pasta and tomato you get in Rome and Sicily. I think guests are going to enjoy it.”
Chef Richard noted that the whole “Culinary Tour” concept was designed to educate guests about the different flavors from different regions of Italy. He said he has learned a lot about Italian cuisine, too.
Since April of this year, the promotion has spotlighted a different region each month. Last month focused on Umbria. Next month, the last month in the series, will feature fresh seafood and panettone from Lombardy. As they say in Italy, mangia!