BEST OF
Sofia's Wine Bar & Café

Sofia’s Wine Bar & Café may have only opened in 2009 but what this rustic midtown wine bar offers extends beyond its short time of operation. This quaint and old-world inspired Italian eatery has a rich history within its dishes and within the Italian dining scene. Chef and restaurateur Tommaso DeGrezia (His father opened one of the oldest pizzerias in Brooklyn and is credited for being the first to offer pizza lovers slices.) along with his wife, a former curator of an art gallery, Toni DeGrezia prepare organic, home-style dishes celebrating their Neapolitan and Sicilian cultures. Many of their dishes are original family recipes that have been handed down generation after generation only increasing Sofia’s (Tommaso’s great-grandmother’s name) deep connection to their family’s history.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Roman Cuisine & Wine Pairings At A Bargain Price

It seems as if Delray Beach is where it's at if you're a foodie in search of a good deal next week. Angelo Elia's restaurant D'Angelo Trattoria will be offering a four cours prix-fixe menu with wine pairings on Tuesday, August 7th for only $50 per person. Chef Rickie Piper has created a sumptuous menu featuring classic Roman dishes that will beautifully accent the selection of Northern Italian wines from the region's best boutique vineyards:

PROSCUITTO DI PARMA E PERE COTTE NEL VINO BIANCO
Thinly Sliced Parma Proscuitto with White Wine Poached Pear and Balsamic Reduction

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Quattro Heads South of the Border

Miami Beach’s prestigious AAA Five Star awarded Italian restaurant, Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, has headed south of the border. Quattro will be bringing northern Italian flavors to Mexico City with the opening of the brand new J. W. Marriott hotel in the Santa Fe district starting this month. Quattro, and the group behind its success in Maimi Beach, KNR Group, are committed to brining Mexico City “a magnificent ambiance that honors the essence of Italian gastronomy.”

THRILLS & DEALS
Merlot Monday: Half Off Wine Tonight!

That's right folks, Paprika, the northern Italy eatery in the East Village is taking half off bottles of vino, every Monday night, all night. Now instead of dreading Mondays, you can at least have something to look forward to once the work day is over! The concise but adventurous wine list features wines from all over Italy, with the majority from northern Italy, including Piedmont, Alto Adige, Friuli, Veneto, and Lombardy, with a special focus on Valtellina, where the chef and owner Egidio Donagrandi hails from. Regularly prices bottles are between $28 and $91. Talk about a deal! Get over those Monday blues and turn them into mad Mondays!

RESTAURANT 101
Must Go: Donatella Arpaia's Namesake, Donatella

The golden mosaic tiles of the pizza oven of Donatella Arpaia’s namesake restaurant, Donatella, acts as a beacon calling to diners, “come inside, you look hungry. I’ll cook something for you” just as countless Neapolitan mothers have done for centuries. Once you’re off the busy streets of Chelsea, sit down at one of Donatella’s marble topped tables, drink a glass of the finest Italian Campanian wines, and snack on a plate of crostinis while you painstakingly decide which of the pizzas you plan to try. Keep in mind though; Donatella’s is not your typical New York City Neapolitan pizza-focused restaurant. Donatella Arpaia, who is a recurring guest judge on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” series, a contributor to NBC’s “Today Show,” as well as being behind a number of successful restaurants, such as Kefi and Dona, feels that Donatella is her most personal endeavor to date. Her goal for Donatella was to capture the traditional foods she enjoyed while summering in Naples during her childhood and bring them to New York. By using authentic and fresh ingredients (We mean fresh as in picked up from customs that very morning.) Donatella celebrates not only the famed pizza of the region but the pastas, desserts, and wines as well.