Sunday, January 16, 2011
A Piece of Southern Italy---Pane e Vino, Lorton, Virginia. (USA)
Pane e Vino is divided into three areas… three areas to experience good ol' southern Italian hospitality...
The first area is the dining room. It immediately brought back memories of southern trattorias. A place where, back in Campania, I would stop for a Sunday lunch. Fried calamari, steamed mussels, pizzas from a wood burning oven were just some of the items that I saw flowing effortlessly from the dining room to ever appreciative customers.
Over to the wine room…a room which features a beautiful mural of an Italian portico overlooking the town of Ciminna, Sicily painted by a Florence born and trained artist, Guglielmo De Molli. It provides a different atmosphere, a relaxing ambiance as you try wines and enjoy a meal.
I wanted to see the wine bar. This area, with its low lighting and rows and rows of wines from all over the world. Choosing a new wine may seem overwhelming at first. Pane e Vino makes it easy for you, though. A biweekly menu featuring a ‘Wine Flight’ special, where you they have selected the wines for you if you don’t know where to begin.
I ordered my wine flight-a Pinot Noir, a Languedoc, and a Cotes du Rhone-each from France…
It was here that I enjoyed my sampling of cheeses and salamis –petite basque, st. andre, Roquefort, prosciutto san daniele, and jamon serrano to name a few.
And it was here that I felt a little ‘Southern Italy’ in Lorton Virginia, 25 minutes from the White House.
Pane e Vino
9020 Lorton Station Blvd Suite E
Lorton, Virginia 22079 USA