The food and wine as well as the service at Abella Italian Kitchen in Wilsonville is “molto bene”!
Dinner started with a glass of La Quercia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($8/glass and $30/bottle) from the Abruzzo region of Italy.
Tasting Notes from the Enjoy Small website: “…This Montepulciano is a great example of what can happen when you match low-yield winemaking expertise with a prolific growing zone, and constantly cut, cut, cut back the vines. Made by winemaker Antonio Lamona, the result is one of the best quality, most expressive and balanced Montepulcianos around. This wine is also 100% organic, and delivers as a wine that takes no shortcuts…”
The New York Times article on 10.29.08 promoted this region wine region for “wine lovers on a budget.”
This 2017 “Small Talk” video talks about the winery and region.
I’m learning that I enjoy “old world” red wines from Italy and Spain, however, there are some wineries in the Dundee, Willamette valley, and Columbia valley that are growing on me as “new world” red wines as well.
The Gorgonzola cheesecake was a delicious warm up to dinner.
Menu description: Savory cheesecake with a polenta crust, served warm with a Napoli tomato basil sauce and crusty baguette.
Both of our entrees had good flavor.
Penne con bolognese
Menu description: Penne pasta with ground Italian sausage, lean ground sirloin, our house made Napoli tomato basil sauce, and a touch of cream.
Menu description: With roasted bell peppers, red onion and mushrooms.