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Bar Bambino Celebrates Parovel Wines with a special dinner Thursday 30 June 2011

10 June, 2011

Bar Bambino Celebrates Friuli-Veneza Giulia with a special dinner featuring Parovel Wines on Thursday 30 June 2011

10 June, 2011 – Bar Bambino, acclaimed for its menu influenced by Northeastern Italian and Central European cuisine, announces the third in a series of appellation-specific dinners.  Following last month’s exploration of the wines of Kabaj in Goriška Brda, Slovenia, this month Bar Bambino crosses the border into the Carso.  The Carso is an area of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region known for its distinctive wines that derive their character from the area’s limestone-rich soils.  Elena Parovel, the 5th generation of a family whose wines and olive oils have been prized since the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will guide diners through her limited-availability wines and the history of Carso.  Executive Chef Elizabeth Binder and Pastry Chef Alyce Shields have designed an inspired menu that will take guests on a gastronomic journey that mimics their travels this past spring through Friuli, from the Adriatic Sea to the Carnic Alps. The five-course, limited seating culinary experience, takes place on Thursday, 30 June from 7-10pm.

The special wine-paired menu boasts courses such as nettle dumplings in a Montasio and chive blossom fonduta, paired with a Parovel’s 2007 Matos Nonet (a blend of Malvasia Istriana, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon) and slow-braised veal cheeks encrusted in breadcrumbs, served on mixed heirloom chicories that have been tossed with a Malvasia vinaigrette, paired with the 2008 Refosco. Seating for this unique Friulian dinner is limited to 20 people at a price of $85 per person (gratuity and tax not included). Throughout the evening in the main dining room, all of the wines presented will be available at special pricing and available by-the-glass and by-the-bottle. Please call 415.701.VINO (8466) to reserve your seats or email

From the Sea to the Mountains: The Cuisine and Wine of Friuli
With Wines By Parovel
Thursday, 30 June 2011

Welcoming Bites
Salumi with cucumber preserve and house made pretzels
A selection of light and dark artisanal vermouths from Mauro Vergano, GD Vajra, and Bonal

Asparagus Bozner
Blanched asparagus spears served with house-made mayonnaise-pickle sauce and prosciutto cotto

Octopus carpaccio
Octopus terrine with a fino verde pesto finished with Parovel’s finest EVOO
2009 Parovel Vitovska

Nettle canederli
Nettle dumplings in a Montasio and chive blossom fonduta
2007 Parovel Matos Nonet (Malvasia Istriana, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon)

Braised and crisped veal cheeks with heirloom chicories
Slow-braised veal cheeks encrusted in breadcrumbs and served on top of mixed heirloom chicories tossed with Malvasia vinaigrette
2008 Parovel Refosco

A spring torte of apricot, cherry, and poppyseed with a chamomile syrup

Coffee, tea

About Parovel
With roots in Trieste, a city between the Adriatic Sea and the Carso Highlands near the Italian/Slovenian border, the Parovel family history dates back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when Peter Parovel began sending his finest olive oil to the Court of Vienna. Today, brother and sister Euro and Elena Parovel run the estate, and have extended the tradition of  making top-quality Extra Virgin olive oils to include now the cultivation autochthonous varietals: Vitovska, Refosco d’Istria, Malvaisa Istriana). The family is passionate about their work, and believes that their wines communicate the fascinating flavors of Istria and Carso. The Parovel winery is located in Bagnoli della Rosandra, on the edges of the Rosandra Valley just a few miles outside of Trieste.

About Bar Bambino
Nestled on an edgy urban block of San Francisco’s Mission District is Bar Bambino, a neighborhood eatery that brings simple, elegant food and wine to the table in a convivial gathering spot. After more than three years of specializing in pan-regional Italian cuisine, Bar Bambino, under the direction of proprietor Christopher Losa and chef Elizabeth Binder, has narrowed its focus to the northeastern corner of Italy, letting the diverse cultures found in Friuli, Alto Adige, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Hungry influence their offerings. Bar Bambino’s seasonally inspired cuisine is served in a lively and informal, urban atmosphere. Featuring locally and sustainably sourced produce and meats, house-made pastas, and inspired desserts, Executive Chef Elizabeth Binder demonstrates a thorough knowledge of northern Italian cuisine while her understated touch brings a lightness and elegance to traditional recipes. Since opening in April 2007, Bar Bambino has garnered local and national accolades, repeatedly named as a San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 restaurant and as one of Bon Appetit Magazine’s Top 10 Wine Bars in the nation.

For more information and reservations please call Bar Bambino at 415/701 VINO (8466) or email For media inquiries, interviews or information, please contact Kimberly Charles of Charles Communications Associates at or 415/701 9463.

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