An Italian Adventure

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(With a bit of Spain thrown in)

The local branch of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, under the stewardship of Ranjith Chandrasiri, presented its members with another memorable gustatory evening at Gian’s Italian restaurant.

In line with the aims of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the dinner was an evening where friends could get together with the common concept of enjoyment of good food and wines.

Felix and Carmen Vidal-Keller.Felix and Carmen Vidal-Keller.

The Italian evening began with a glass of Follador Prosecco and canapés to whet the appetite, and after seating, the first of the multi-courses was served along with apple salad with Robiola cheese and almond.  Robiola is an Italian soft-ripened cheese, made with varying proportions of cow’s milk, goat’s milk and sheep milk and has been extolled since the days of Pliny the Elder in the first century.  Accompanying this rare cheese was a Cavallina Grillo Pinot Grigio which came from the Marsala area.  Pale yellow in color with fresh aromas of fruits with a round mineral flavour that penetrated the palate.  Perfect accompaniment for the cheese.

The next course featured Avocado with Pata Negra ham, which comes from Iberian pigs – the piglets are fattened on barley and maize for several weeks and are then allowed to roam in pasture and oak groves to feed naturally on grass, herbs, acorns, and finally the diet may be strictly limited to acorns for the best quality Pata Negra.  This was one of my favorite courses, and the Sartori Valpolicella Classico 2006 made from Corvina, one of the classic grapes of the Veneto region of Italy, held the avocado in check.

An Italian dinner would not be Italian without some home-made ravioli and Gian’s did not disappoint us with ravioli with ricotta cheese, porcini mushrooms and black truffles.  To wash this down, was a Feudi di San Marzano Negroamaro Puglia 2009.  A young wine made from 100 percent Negroamaro grapes.

At that point in the evening, we had a break with a Lemon Sherbet with champagne which really sparkled up the palate.  I could have drunk that all night.  Very more-ish!

After the breather we reassembled for the main course which featured a mixed grill skewer with Australian Angus beef, New Zealand lamb, chicken, Italian sausage and fried potatoes.  This was teamed with a Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2006.  This is a Spanish wine of deep ruby red colour, with aromas of dark berries and vanilla.  Velvety-smooth and elegant, and was ideal to accompany red and white meat, roasts and cheese.

After a classic Tiramisu we had a Grappa di Barbaresco, made from 100 percent Nebbiolo grapes from Pajè hill in Barbaresco.  After refining in steel tanks the grappa is mixed and when the alcohol content is 42°, it is bottled.  It was the taste to take home.

After this highly enjoyable dinner, Guido Vietri, the passionate Italian owner of Gian’s, was all smiles, which became even broader when his kitchen and serving staff were honored with certificates from the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Bailliage de Pattaya.

More information on the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in Pattaya can be received by contacting the Bailli Ranjith Chandrasiri.  Email [email protected]

(L to R) Guido Vietri, owner of Gian’s and Ranjith Chandrasiri.(L to R) Guido Vietri, owner of Gian’s and Ranjith Chandrasiri.

(L to R) Kasamsak Tar and Remy Hofmann.(L to R) Kasamsak Tar and Remy Hofmann.

(L to R) Jan Chris von Koss and Dieter H. Precourt.(L to R) Jan Chris von Koss and Dieter H. Precourt.

(L to R) Napphaya Jaikuntun, Dr. Narintara Boonjongcharoen, Manida Wasanasit, and Thanyalak Nupak.(L to R) Napphaya Jaikuntun, Dr. Narintara Boonjongcharoen, Manida Wasanasit, and Thanyalak Nupak.

(L to R) Stefan Ryser and Peter Windgasse.(L to R) Stefan Ryser and Peter Windgasse.

(L to R) Alfred Madl and Stefan Ryser.(L to R) Alfred Madl and Stefan Ryser.

Gian’s Chef Pachara Phanpool prepares to serve delicious dessert.Gian’s Chef Pachara Phanpool prepares to serve delicious dessert.

(L to R) Bailli Ranjith Chandrasiri; Remy D. Hofmann, and Mr. Harry.(L to R) Bailli Ranjith Chandrasiri; Remy D. Hofmann, and Mr. Harry.

(L to R) Manida Wasanasit, Dr. Narintara Boonjongcharoen, Napphaya Jaikuntun, and Thanyalak Nupak.(L to R) Manida Wasanasit, Dr. Narintara Boonjongcharoen, Napphaya Jaikuntun, and Thanyalak Nupak.

(L to R) Geoff Robinson, Suphaporn Robinson, Siegfried and Agneta Egger.(L to R) Geoff Robinson, Suphaporn Robinson, Siegfried and Agneta Egger.