If you have been following me for the last year at all, you would probably know that I really love Stanza Italian Bistro and Wine Bar. The first reason I love them so much is because of their amazing amaro-forward bar program, but their food is a super close second.
But, coming in 3rd is something very cool that Stanza and wine and spirits connoisseur, Jimmy Santangelo, is delivering up at the beautiful bar!
Every Wednesday night, you can scoot up to the bar and get a hands on chat — all focused on wine and food pairings. Each month, a new menu is created with different wine flights and tasty bites, along with some great libatious education!
A few weeks ago, I was able to do myself a favor and start my wine country vacation off (you know, before actually headed to Sonoma) with a few wonderful Flight & Bite selections.
Santangelo says, “Wednesdays are your chance for education and paired bites from the kitchen. Plus, the camaraderie in the lounge has such great energy, you just gotta come check it out.”
It truly was wonderful — Jimmy wasn’t at the bar that night, but our bartender, Kelson, was so incredibly knowledgable; I was really impressed. The small bites and wine pairings were so delicious and fun to learn about — and all super reasonably priced. You could do a few flights and bites pairings for your dinner and be satisfied and out the door without breaking the bank.
The selections change monthly, but Stanza is still serving up the February menu for a few more days. If you can’t get there right away, take this as a great example of what to expect:
#1 Flight & Bite – Wine Flight 1175 / Food Bite 600
- Borgo Molino Millesimato Brut Prosecco Valdobbiadene, IT 2015*
- Palmina Arneis, Santa Ynez Valley 2015*
- Compressed Pear, Frisée, Tarragon Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts
- Scallop Crudo, Lemon Zest, Nori Vinaigrette
#2 Flight & Bite – Wine Flight 1100 / Food Bite 800
- Inama Soave Classico, Veneto, IT 2015*
- Attems ‘Romato’ Pinot Grigio, Friuli IGT, IT 2015*
- House Smoked Gorgonzola with Golden Raisin Mostarda
- Grilled Shrimp Spiedino, Pesto Verde
#3 Flight & Bite – Wine Flight 1300 / Food Bite 1400
- Badia Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2012
- Fatalone Riserva Primitivo, Puglia 2009
- Housemade Conchiglie ‘Shell’ Pasta Bolognese
- Steak Braciole, Smoked Pomodoro
Cannoli alla RicottaTwo Cannoli alla Ricottas $800
Pair with either Cocchi Americano $700 or Meleto Vin Santo $1200
And of course, I couldn’t get out of there without ordering up a few of my favorite cocktails. Russ joined me a bit later and we got MORE food — because, you just have to. The Stanza Lasagna and the Cheesy Polenta are two of my favorites.
Have I convinced you? I hope so!
Go check out Flight & Bite at Stanza on WEDNESDAY (bar only) starting at 5:00 — all through dinner service. Reservations are encouraged!