In December Chef Michael Bologna of Vingenzo’s was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. It was an honor for the chef, whose Woodstock restaurant is loved by locals but may not be as well known to Atlantans who live inside the perimeter.
At Vingenzo’s Chef Bologna creates traditional Southern Italian dishes using ingredients that are so fresh the restaurant doesn’t have a walk in freezer. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, with a wood burning oven in the open kitchen.
On January 29th Chef Bologna recreated the five course dinner at his Woodstock restaurant. Every seat at Vingenzo’s was filled — a testament to Chef Bologna’s following and an indication that Atlantans who venture north will find a delicious dining experience.
The evening started with a glass of Candoni Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres that included housemade crudo, asiago-encrusted baby artichokes and white bean stew that was served on individual spoons.
The first course was hand-crafted burrata that looked like a wrapped gift. It was served with preserved tomatoes, basil and arugula, and paired with Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio 2010. Scroll down for photos.
The second course was osso buco tortelli with gremolada and roasted demi cream. The dish was accompanied by a glass of Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG 2007.
The third course was pan roasted halibut served with a Sicilian pistachio mascarpone sauce and butter-stewed baby root vegetables. The fish was paired with Principi di Butera Chardonnay 2009 from Sicily.
The fourth course was braised Riverview Farms pork shoulder and crisp pork belly with creamy polenta and glazed cipollini compote. It was paired with Rocca di Montemassi Sassabruna 2008, a red “Super Tuscan” that was a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah.
Dessert was called “Semplicemente in Bianco e Nero.” Mozarella di bufala and chestnut-honey balsamic strawberries were drizzled with a chocolate gaze. The dish was served with a glass of Candoni Muscato.
Vingenzo’s is located at 105 East Main Street in Woodstock, Georgia.
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