(Macao, April 16, 2013) - Anyone looking to kick start the fun of the month-long Venetian Carnevale at The Venetian® Macao can enjoy an Italian wine-and-dine prelude April 24 at Portofino restaurant's Spirito Bar, and a private wine dinner on April 25 in the main area of the restaurant, with guest Chef David Almany from Mario Batali's celebrity restaurants Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, in Singapore.
Una Serata Italienne - an Italian evening - is a wine tasting and canapé event at Portofino's Spirito Bar from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, April 24. Andrea Manuali Bastianich will present the wines, all of which come directly from the Bastianich Winery in Italy's Colli Orientali del Friali DOC region paired with finely crafted Italian appetizers by guest Chef David Almany.
Guests can expect to sample the following wines at Una Serata Italienne:
- Bastianich Pinot Grigio 2011
- Bastianich Friulano 2011
- Bastianich Sauvignon Blanc 2011
- Bastianich Vespa Bianco IGT 2010
- Bastianich Vespa Rosso IGT 2009
- Bastianich Plus - Firulano DOCG 2008
- La Mozza I Perazzi-Morellino di Scansano DOCG 2010
- La Mozza Aragone IGT 2008
Una Serata Italienne is HKD/MOP 120* per person.
The Bastianich Wine Dinner will commence with cocktails at 7:30 pm, followed by dinner at 8 pm, Thursday, April 25, and will be hosted by Bastianich and Chef Almany, who hails from Chef Mario Batali's Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Almany grew up in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles, California, and began cooking at the age of 15. He attended culinary school in Santa Barbara, and on leaving went to cook at Tierra Sur under executive chef Todd Arrons, formerly of Savoy in New York City and Zuni Café in San Francisco, California. From there he moved to San Francisco to cook at Zuni Café under chef Judy Rodgers before moving back to Los Angeles to work first as a sauté cook and then as sous chef under Mario Batali at Osteria Mozza.
The Bastianich Wine Dinner is a six-course dinner and wine pairing that features grilled octopus, ricotta gnocchi and Wagyu rib eye, for HKD/MOP 800* per person.
The Venetian Macao's Portofino is an Italian restaurant located near the poolside, offering à la carte dining as well as set lunches on weekdays. The restaurant earned a Restaurant Award from U.S.-based lifestyle magazine Wine Spectator for its excellent wine programme in 2012, and was listed in Asia Tatler: Hong Kong as one of Hong Kong & Macau's Best Restaurants in 2012.
For more information or to reserve a table, call +853 8118 9950. Lunch is served from 11 am to 3 pm, and dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 am until midnight. Visit www.venetianmacao.com/portofino/ for menu details.
The month-long Venetian Carnevale runs from April 25 to May 26 at the outdoor lagoon area of The Venetian Macao, and includes two themed events: Carnevale Extravaganza and the Macau Wine and Dine Festival 2013.
* Subject to 10% service charge
Photo caption: Hosted by Chef David Almany and Bastianich, the wine tasting session and wine dinner will be held at The Venetian Macao's Portofino on April 24 and April 25 respectively.
Photo caption: Al fresco dining at Portofino. April 24 6:30-8:30 pm: Una Serata Italienne is HKD/MOP 120* per person. April 25 7:30 pm Bastianich Wine Dinner is a six-course dinner and wine pairing for HKD/MOP 800* per person.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat CotaiArena™ designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; MALO CLINIC Health & Wellness; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes Grand Canal. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.