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Escopazzo Wine Dinner This Wines-day

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An oldie but goodie, Escopazzo features a four-course wine dinner Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Maybe one of the last places in Miami where a diner can get white-glove service and perfectly prepared nibbles, this Italian enclave charges $72 for the degustation and wine pairing. Chef Giancarla Bodoni's expertise lies in a modern interpretation of Italian classics. She touts a completely organic menu, sourced from sustainably raised ingredients when necessary. She also keeps a fully eco-friendly business, using recyclables, nontoxic detergents, and a green launderer.

The wine pairing has been provided by Domaine Select Wine Estates, recently awarded Wine Importer of the Year by Food & Wine magazine. The "vinous, terrible twosome" -- Kelly Richardson and Juan Ernesto Hernandez -- will guide guests through Italian wine and get into specifics about a number of indigenous varietals spanning the length of the boot.

P.S.: If wine is not your thing, the menu is also available sans vino for $49 per person; just let the hostess know in advance.

Dinner begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Call Escopazzo at 305-674-9450 to make reservations. It is located at 1311 Washington Ave. on South Beach. Buon apetito!

The menu is as follows:

Antipasto:
Pacific Halibut Carpaccio, Citrus Zest, Mullet Roe & Toasted Hazelnuts
Velenosi Pecorino, Marche

Risotto:
Risotto de Robiola, Roasted Venison & Rose Confiture
Massolino Barbera d'Alba, Piemonte

Entrée:
Taurasi Braised Beef Short Ribs, Potato Purée
Vinosia Taurasi, Campania

Dolce:
Pear & Almond Tart, Moscato Soaked Raisins, Chilled Mascarpone Cream
Fontanafredda Moscato D'Asti

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