l’Eté du Vin Auction Winners Sample a Taste of Italy at the Super Tuscan Wine Dinner at Giovanni’s Ristorante

On October 6, eight guests arrived at Giovanni’s Ristorante for an exquisite Italian dining experience. The Auction winners that attended are Mr. and Mrs. Glenn and Ann Eaden, Mr. David Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Mac and Elizabeth Husband, and Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Rosann Nunnelly. This exceptional dinner was hosted by Mr. Irv Lingo and Mrs. Karin Demler.

The Auction winners enjoyed a six course meal prepared by Giovanni Ristorante’s new chef, Giovanni Pinato. Giovanni was born in Padova, Italy, a city near Venice. He began his culinary career at Taverna del Colleoni in Bergamo, Italy. Giovanni came to the United States in 1985 to cook in New York City’s Alo Alo Restaurant. Since then, he has worked in various restaurants in Manhattan and Beverly Hills, California. Giovanni brought his Italian culinary expertise to Giovanni’s Ristorante in 2012. The restaurant features Northern Italian Cuisine in a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere.

For the complete Italian cuisine experience, dishes were paired with savory Super Tuscan wines from the cellar of Irv Lingo. The dinner wines included Dom Perignon, Pol Roger, Gaia and Rey, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Poggio Antico, Poggio di Sotto, Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva, Gaja Sperss, and Quintarelli Passito. See the complete menu below.



For those interested in an unforgettable evening of great food, wine, and sensational Silent and Live Auctions, please save the date for next year’s l’Eté du Vin on July 18-20, 2012.


Tonight’s Menu prepared by

Chef Giovanni Pinato, Giovanni’s Ristorante

Wines from the Cellar of

Irv Lingo and Karin Demler


Capesante su patatina fritta e purea di piselli

Scallop on potato chip with pea pure’


Carpaccio con parmigiano

Carpaccio with parmigiano slivers

Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 1996 and Dom Perignon 1996


Insalata di gamberi con cannellini

Grilled shrimp with cannellini beans

Gaja, Gaia & Rey 2000


Bresaola con rucola e  pecorino romano

Bresaola with rucola and pecorino Romano

Sassicaia 2006 and Ornellaia 2004


Paccheri al ragu di salsiccia

Large rigatoni pasta in a sweet and

hot Italian sausage ragout

Poggio Antico Riserva Brunello 1997 and

Poggio Di Sotto Brunello 2004


Risotto ai funghi selvatici

Carnaroli rice simmered with wild mushrooms

Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 1989 and 1996


Scamone di manzo al vino rosso con polenta

Beef short ribs in a red wine sauce served with polenta

Gaja, Sperss 1997


Gorgonzola e taleggio con balsamico ridotto ai fichi e marmellata di pera

Gorgonzola and taleggio served with

reduced balsamic with fig and pear jam

Quintarelli Passito 1990