Mobster-themed evening launches new wine dinner series
The Wharf Restaurant’s “La Cosa Nostra” Mobster Dinner Night on 28 November launched a new dinner series that would even make Don Corleone smile.
The Wharf has long been a favourite with tourists with its scenic waterfront dining; however, owner Clemens Guettler said the restaurant wants to try and tap more into the resident market.
“We want to try and attract some locals,” he said. “We thought we’d try some fresh ideas.”
The idea the Wharf came up with is a new themed wine dinner series with an attractive price.
“We want to try to do it every two months around a full moon,” Mr. Guettler said.
The series launched with a mafia-themed dinner that was sponsored by Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits.
Although the restaurant was open for ala carte dining, the mobster dinner featured a separate dining area with themed decorations and the film “The Godfather” playing silently on a screen nearby.
The special menu featured many Italian favourites, including an assortment of bruschetta and an antipasto misto plate that included vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce), melon wrapped in prosciutto, mozzarella and tomatoes, salami and Parmesan cheese and roasted red peppers and artichokes.
All of the courses were paired with wines supplied to Jacques Scott by Palm Bay International Wines & Spirits, starting with Lunetta Prosecco, a refreshing sparkling wine produced by Cavit.
Palm Bay’s Aaron Jay, who was on hand for the dinner, said Lunetta was the top-selling Prosecco in the Cayman Islands.
“It’s done very well in a very competitive market,” he said.
On the printed menus, all of the courses were given names associated with famous fictional or real American mobsters. One course – homemade linguine with minced calamari and king prawns in a tomato, olive oil and capers sauce – was named after a real Philadelphia crime boss Little Nicky Scarfo. That dish was paired with Alta Luna Pinot Grigio, a premium Cavit brand that uses grapes from what is known as the best area for Pinot Grigio.
For the main course, guests had a choice between John “The Teflon Don” Gotti’s slow-braised osso bucco or Frank “the Prime Minister” Costello’s pan-roasted branzino fish, both served with Rocca Della Macie Chianti Classico.
Finishing up the dinner was the fictional Peter “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” Clemenza’s cannoli with fresh berries. It was served with Cavit Moscato, the slightly sweet and slightly sparkling – or “frizzante” – Italian white wine that is taking the United States by storm. This Moscato, produced in Trentino, has a richer, rounder taste than Moscato made in Piedmont and is great for Cayman’s climate, Mr. Jay said.
“I always say this is not a one-glass wine,” he said. “If you order one glass, you know you’re going to order a second or third.”
After dessert, guests were given a choice of espresso or cappuccino and either grappa or limoncello.
Mr. Jay said that grappa often gets an undeserved bad rap for being strong.
“It’s a perception, but in reality, the proof is the same as gin or vodka or scotch.”
Indeed, the aged Villa Sandi Oris Grappa was smooth and easy to drink straight, with a little bit of smokiness imparted from aging in oak barrels.
At a price of $75 inclusive of all beverages and gratuities, the “La Cosa Nostra” Mobster Dinner Night was really an offer that shouldn’t have been refused by anyone.