For an elegant dining experience with comfort food, we love Dopo East on the cusp of the Upper East Side and Midtown East for their amazing Italian cuisine in a charming, sophisticated setting. We went to visit a few months ago, and were excited to be invited back for a wine pairing with dinner.
We already knew about the delicious food, and we were excited to learn more about the wines. The wines from the evening came from Azienda Agricola Fabiana and hail from Puglia, the sun-bleached region of Southern Italy. Over the coarse of our six-course dinner, we were given a wonderful introduced to their collection of wines.
Our meal started with Parmigiana di melanzane alla Napoletana: traditional Napolitan eggplant parm, one of the most essential Italian comfort dishes. This dish was paired with Negroamaro Rosato Kalema, 2013, a mild wine to get our taste buds acclimated.
For pasta, everyone loved every bite of the Paccheri ai calamari: large tube pasta with capers, chicory, lemon zest, and fresh tomatoes. The slight acidity of the dish paired well with the Chardonnay IGT Kalema, 2013. The Risotto con verza, salsiccia e pecorino, risotto with savoy cabbage, sausage, and pecorino romano, was paired with the Negroamaro IGT Kalema, 2012.
For the main dishes, we loved the light flavors of the Pesce del giorno al forno, the roasted whole fish with fresh herbs. The light and fragrant white wine, Fiano del Salento IGT Fiocco, 2013, paired excellently with each bite. For the heartier dish of the Costolette di manzo al barolo, the braised short ribs, barolo win reduction served with mashed celeraic and grated fresh horseradish, we loved the full-bodied, rich flavor of the Primitivo Calidus, 2011, and that was the favorite wine of the evening.
Despite being full, guests eagerly delved into dessert. The Frittelle di mele e crema inglese were fried mini apple bites, dunked into warm custard cream. The bites themselves were not overly sweet, and the light cream was a great complement to each bite. For the dessert wine pairing, the bites were paired with the Moscato Passito di Noto, 2012.
We loved the dining and wine pairing experience, and we love Dopo East for their great food and the lively atmosphere. A great destination to consider for your holiday dinner! With their fully stocked wine cellar, their expert staff is always eager to help customers and discuss their wine preferences, and will help you pick the best options to go with your dining experience.
345 E. 62 Street
between 1st and 2nd Avenue