Having just returned from two glorious weeks of wining and dining in Italy, all things Italian get my attention. A few months ago, I received a bottle of Prosecco to try that recently won a coveted award, a gold medal at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wine competition.
Upon our return from Italy, I decided it was time to pop the cork on that special sparkling! The prosecco is called Efix, and it’s produced by Houston’s own Efisio and Lori Farris, owners of the wonderful Arcodoro restaurant across the street from The Galleria on Post Oak. Arcodoro is a Sardinian restaurant and is known for its delicious authentic food.
Efix Prosecco is made from Vermentino grapes in Sardinia where Efisio’s family is from. There’s sweet honey on the nose of this wine. With flavors of pear and lime and its slight minerality, this bright dry prosecco is a perfect pairing for seafood. But frankly, Efix will pair well with a lot of foods like most sparklings do.
If you haven’t been to Arcodoro, put it on your to-do list. I often crave their Capesante al Limone Piccante, thinly sliced raw Diver scallops marinated with a citrus olive oil and topped with a bit of jalapeño. This light dish is delicate and delicious!
Since watermelon season is here, a refreshing menu item is Arcodoro’s Sindria a Issalata, a tasty watermelon salad with arugula, ricotta and walnuts…perfect for summer.
Another delish dish is their Pollo E Saba, grilled chicken marinated with Sardinian Saba, a sweet, slightly acidic, syrup made from grape juice. Spots like Central Market should carry it, and you may be able to buy it at Arcodoro too.
Arcodoro is also known for its whole branzino, a Mediterranean sea bass that is baked in sea salt and priced by the pound.
Efix Prosecco is available at Central Market and Spec’s…and of course, at Arcodoro.
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