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A Night at Terra: Wine, Food, Vallé D’Aosta

by Komal Patel
A Night at Terra Wine, Food, Vallé D’Aosta

Remember last Wednesday I told you all I was recovering from a wine-hangover from a dinner I had attended?


I am feeling quite chipper today and am so excited to share with you all the deats from the dinner.


I really lucked out on the invite and was super excited to go. This dinner featured a beautiful six course meal with a wine pairing for each course.

The wine dinner, located at Terra inside of Eataly Boston, highlighted the area of Vallé D’Aosta which is located in the North West region of Italy.

For those of you who don’t know, Eataly is an amazing emporium boasting an Italian grocery store, food stalls, cooking classes, wine tastings and whole hell of a lot more. Eataly has over 30 + locations worldwide and is definitely the place to go for ALL things Italian.

The dinner was hosted by 2 bad ass chefs, Dan Bazzinotti and Keith Pooler, who have been friends for many years and worked together at a previous restaurant.

I was lucky enough to be part of the opening team when Terra was first opened and got to know Terra’s concept of earth and fire really well. There is something to be said about letting fresh ingredients speak for themselves and bringing the concept of fire to life with a wood-fired grill, which is the center of Terra’s menu.

Chef Dan, Terra’s Chef de Cuisine, and Chef Keith, Bazzinotti’s mentor and Chef at Bergamont definitely did not disappoint.

The evening started with a bang as they began with an open seating arrangement.

A Night at Terra Wine, Food, Vallé D’Aosta

J and I nuzzled ourselves in between 2 couples who we quickly became friends with; Shivani and Kishan, and Bryan and Elisabeth.

We designated ourselves the “fun” table, because, HELLO?

Everyone at the table was lively, outgoing, and we all genuinely were having a good time and excited to be at the dinner.

There is something so awesome about connecting with strangers. To me, the dinner table is the perfect place to do that. You rarely find people out to dinner who are miserable.

J and I were toats obnoxious with our big ass Fuji X T-10 taking up room on the table and taking pictures during each course.

Shout out to the other couples for putting up with us while we took a bunch of pictures of the food before they could dig in.

First course

Bruschetta Valdostana paired with Grosjean Fréres, Muscat Petit Grain 2013.

A delicious piece of rye bread with speck, a smoky prosciutto and pieces of sweet garlic.

Second Course

Salsiccia Di Coniglio paired with La Kiuva, Arnad Montjovet 2015

House cured rabbit sausage served with polenta pillows (little pillows of heaven) and a zesty tomato sauce.

Third Course

Ravioli Di Patate paired with Bouquetin, Gamay 2016

A delicate potato ravioli with porcini mushrooms and a butter sauce to die for.

Fourth Course

Stinco Di Maiale paired with Caves Cooperatives De Donnas, Donnas 2014

Roasted pork shank and a caper-raisin “gremolata”; perfect for this cold weather.

Fifth Course

Tagliata Di Manzo Alla Lydia paired with Diego Curtaz, Torrette 2016

Sliced steak with a butter to die for and a peperonata.

Sixth Course

Dessert biscuits  

A Night at Terra Wine, Food, Vallé D’AostaAfter each course was presented the Chefs came out, described the dishes and came around to speak with the guest.

What got me really thinking during this dinner is how the menu was curated and how the wine was paired. I was feeling a French vibe with some of the dishes and wines, which made sense since Vallé D’Aosta is so close to France. Vallé D’Aosta is an area well know for curing its own meats and base many of their dishes off French preparation.

After speaking with the Chefs, a lot of the food was based around the things that they loved; after that it was a matter of meeting up, tasting all the wines and figuring out what profiles would work together.

My favorite pairing of the night was the Ravioli Di Patate with the Bouquetin Gamay. The Gamay, being high in acidity, helped balance out the richness from the Luigi Guffanti butter. The wine was subtle enough to bring out the earthiness in the mushrooms too.

A Night at Terra Wine, Food, Vallé D’Aosta

Though everything on the menu was crazy good, my favorite dish was the Salsiccia Di Coniglio; a rabbit sausage with polenta, pomodoro passato and baby fennel. If you haven’t had rabbit sausage yet, you have to get some, like now. Holy shit. This was THAT good. The flavor was bold, but not gamey and made it easy to wipe the tomato sauce off the plate clean. The only thing that got me about this dish, was its size. The portion was a little too big (not complaining though!) so it did keep me pretty full as I was heading into the ending courses.A Night at Terra Wine, Food, Vallé D’Aosta

What was most interesting to me though, was all the meats that they cured themselves! I forgot to mention earlier a bonus course was added with just hand cured meats by the chef’s.


A nice touch was that half the meal was served family style. This really allowed us to get into the spirit of being around a table; laughing, sharing stories and enjoying a wonderfully prepared meal.

If there is one thing we call all agree on, whether it be for necessity or pleasure is FOOD.

In the near future I will be taking Sweet and Masala into the pop-up food scene with my in-home dining experience with Eat With. Food is one of my biggest passions and I am so excited to share it with all of you!

I will have more details to come soon.

What was YOUR most memorable food experience?



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Celestial B Purposed March 1, 2018 - 4:21 am

Wow. The fact that you were in Italy and went to a wine dinner is awesome. The food and experience you had look amazing and fun. Thanks for sharing your experience. When I make a trip there, I will definitely have to check them out.

oyibo March 1, 2018 - 10:54 am

wow!!! sumptuous& splendid Those dishes are so inviting, wish they are right in front of me now. You must have had a wonderful time.

stephanie March 1, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Wow! What a beautiful eating experience. I am all about that third course!

Komal Patel March 1, 2018 - 6:23 pm

Right! That was a fave for sure!

Erica Ardali March 1, 2018 - 3:43 pm

Now that is my idea of a good time! I would feel so spoiled

Sharon Koenig March 1, 2018 - 4:31 pm

What a warm and inviting place to be! I’d never want to leave. All of that food looks scrumptious. In answer to your question… my most memorable experiences have always been with fondue! There’s just something so satisfying about chilling out and noshing on something at your own pace with good company. Besides that, there’s even some fun games you can play with fondue together.

Komal Patel March 1, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Fondue is just so much fun! Even the name!

Jennifer March 1, 2018 - 6:39 pm

This sounds like such a fun time! 🙂 And wine? Who can argue with that?? 🙂

Kweni March 2, 2018 - 1:06 am

Okay this was amazing and all but I gotta ask, how did the rabbit taste like? I just have never ever tasted one before and the food list got me curious. But overall this seems to be a lovely restaurant!

Komal Patel March 2, 2018 - 1:10 pm

It was actually really delicious! If it’s not prepared well it can be really tough and games, but this was not it. It was the best rabbit I have ever had.

London Mumma March 2, 2018 - 11:42 am

I love that you were actually in Italy and got to dine at such a beautiful rich place, full of authentic Italian cuisine. And welcome back and well done for surviving a delicious wine tasting with your meal.

Komal Patel March 2, 2018 - 1:09 pm

I wasn’t in italy, I went to EATALY! You should check it out!

Eloise March 2, 2018 - 4:24 pm

All of those decadent courses sound absolutely delicious! The photos of a couple of the dishes look perfect, from the presentation to the cooking itself. YUM!

Rose March 2, 2018 - 4:51 pm

Sounds like a great foodie experience. I’m a dessert fan and that definitely didn’t seem to impressive as it was only called a dessert biscuit and there wasn’t a picture. Maybe the dessert was an after thought because you had a lot of hearty main dishes. I haven’t experimented with the wine world too much so to taste a new bottle for each course would be eye opening!

Komal Patel March 2, 2018 - 8:56 pm

The dessert actually wasn’t very impressive. A few different kinds of biscuits and all the same color so the picture wasn’t so pretty. That wine though!

sabrina barbante March 2, 2018 - 7:30 pm

I love the wines of Valle d’Aosta and I wish I could visit one day this place. Actually in this very wintery winter, Valle d’Aosta is the best region for its atmosphere

Komal Patel March 2, 2018 - 8:55 pm

I didn’t know that!

Kusum March 3, 2018 - 4:34 am

My most memorable food experience was in Italy! Every place we ate at was simply out of the world.


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