Pizza and Pasta Pairing with Red Wine at Mario's Pizza and Wine Bar
Pizza and pasta are two of the most popular Italian dishes in the world, and for good reason. They're both delicious, versatile, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But what's the best way to pair pizza and pasta with red wine?
At Mario's Pizza and Wine Bar, we have a wide selection of red wines to choose from, so you can find the perfect pairing for your meal. Here are a few tips:
Consider the sauce: The type of sauce is one of the most important factors to consider when pairing pizza or pasta with red wine. If you're having a tomato-based sauce, look for a wine with high acidity to balance out the sweetness of the tomatoes. Good options include Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Chianti, and a nice Pinot Noir.
Think about the toppings: The toppings on your pizza or pasta can also affect the flavor of the dish, so it's important to consider them when choosing a wine. For example, if you're having a pizza with pepperoni or sausage, you'll want a wine with enough tannins to stand up to the richness of the meat. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Syrah are all good choices.
Don't be afraid to experiment: The best way to find the perfect pizza or pasta and red wine pairing is to experiment. Try different wines with different dishes to see what you like best. And don't be afraid to ask your server for recommendations. They're happy to help you find the perfect wine to complement your meal.
Here are a few specific pizza and pasta pairing recommendations from Mario's Pizza and Wine Bar:
Classic Margherita pizza: Paired with a Sangiovese or Chianti.
Pepperoni pizza: Paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel.
Sausage pizza: Paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre blend.
Mushroom pizza: Paired with a Pinot Noir.
White pizza: Paired with a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
Spaghetti and meatballs: Paired with a Chianti or Pinot Noir.
Baked Ziti with Sausage: Paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese or Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
Tortellini with Sausage: Paired with a Pinot Noir.
Chicken Alfredo: Paired with a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
Penne Arrabiata: Paired with a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Chianti.
Of course, these are just a few suggestions. The best way to find the perfect pizza or pasta and red wine pairing is to experiment and find what you like best. So come on down to Mario's Pizza and Wine Bar and let us help you find the perfect pairing for your next meal!
Here are some additional tips for pairing pizza and pasta with red wine:
Consider the weight of the wine: The weight of the wine should be balanced with the weight of the dish. For example, a heavy wine like Cabernet Sauvignon would overwhelm a light dish like a white pizza.
Think about the tannins: Tannins are the compounds in wine that give it a dry, mouth-drying sensation. Wines with high tannins should be paired with dishes that have high fat content, such as a pizza with pepperoni or sausage.
Consider the acidity: Acidity is what gives wine a bright, refreshing taste. Wines with high acidity should be paired with dishes that are rich and fatty, such as lasagna or fettuccine Alfredo.
Don't forget the temperature: Red wine should be served at room temperature, which is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Serving wine too cold will mute the flavors, and serving it too warm will make it taste alcoholic.
We hope these tips help you find the perfect pizza or pasta and red wine pairing at Mario's Pizza and Wine Bar! See you here soon!