Sample Saturday!

Saturday Jan 17th we will have samples of Brinata Fresh Cheese. This is a Tuscan Sheep’s Milk cheese which has a mild buttery flavor. It is the perfect complement to crusty bread or crackers. Imported from Italy.

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New Years Holiday Hours

Gallucci’s will be closed on New Years Day, but we will maintain normal business hours for the rest of the week.

Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 6 PM
Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM
Closed Sundays

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Ask Gallucci’s: Do we sell cardoon?

I have to be honest, when I got this question I didn’t know what cardoon was.  As it turns out, it is from the same family as the artichoke and is sometimes known as the “artichoke thistle.”  The Italian connection comes from the Abruzzi region of Italy, where it is part of a traditional Christmas soup.

Unfortunately this is not a product that we carry.  From what I can tell, it is typically sold as a fresh cut vegetable, when it is sold at all, which is seldom.  I called five area markets to see if anyone had it, and mostly got confused voices on the phone.   Zagara’s was the only place that claimed to carry it, and they were out of stock at the time of my call.

Apologies,
Your Friends at Gallucci’s

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Special Holiday Hours

Saturday, Dec 20th, 8 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, Dec 21st, 9 AM to 2 PM
Monday, Dec 22nd, 8 AM to 7 PM
Tuesday, Dec 23rd, 8 AM to 7 PM
Wednesday, Dec 24th, 8 AM to 3 PM

Closed on Christmas Day!

Normal Hours resume on December 26th.

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Marc’s Cellar: Loredan Gasparini Venegazzu

Loredan Gasparini, Venegazzu Della Casa IGT Colli Trevigiani

This fine Italian wine from off the beaten track is from the Veneto region in northeastern Italy. However, in this case it is not a grape varietal that is of interest but a Bordeaux-style wine that is unique for the Veneto region. Even though it’s been produced since the 1950’s, it’s not particularly well known in the United States.

First, some background. Conte Loredan Gasparini/Venegazzu (pronounced veh neh GAHD zoo) estate is located about 12 miles northeast of Treviso and a few miles east of Montebelluna, an area that has been noted for wines for centuries. Count Piero Loredan, a direct descendant of a Doge of Venice, founded the wine estate in 1950 in a beautiful Palladian villa. Despite being located in a prestigious wine growing area known for its white wines and Rosso del Montello, Count Loredan decided not to follow the DOC rules and instead focused on growing traditional Bordeaux varietals — Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Count Loredan was soon producing a series of magnificent Bordeaux-style red wines. The Venegazzu Della Casa is an expression of the Count’s zeal for quality winemaking and classic Bordeaux-style wines.

The 2008 Venegazzu Della Casa is a blend of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Cabernet Franc, 10 percent Merlot and 5 percent Malbec. The wine spent 14 months in French oak barriques and 12 months in the bottle prior to release. The wine has a deep ruby hue and classic Cabernet aromas of black currant and plum. It is full-bodied with black fruit and subtle oak flavors, good tannins and a long finish. A fine, well-made wine that pairs well with grilled and roasted meats, game, fragrant pasta dishes, risottos and aged cheeses.

This fine selection can be found in our front wine display.

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Chuck Masterpauls 6th Annual “Italian Christmas Eve” Dinner

Mark your calendars for December 10th, because it’s time for CHUCK MASTERPAUL’S 6TH ANNUAL “ITALIAN CHRISTMAS EVE”, a hosted dinner at GALLUCCI’S! This year’s menu:

  • Chilled poached salmon tonnato
  • Baccala & crab fritters with pesto aioli
  • Seafood risotto
  • Baked tilapia Livornese
  • Brandy chestnut bread pudding

$60 per person
Wine pairing suggestions for each course. Closed store shopping.
Book your reservations early-this is the big one!
216-881-0045 Ext. 10 or e-mail Chuck at bigzinlakeny@yahoo.com

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