Crush 2010 (Rizzuto’s) – Sept 27-Oct 3

Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Kitchen and Bar Presents

CRUSH 2010

7 Days – 7 Regions

Over 100 Food and Wine Pairings!

Monday, September 27 thru Sunday, October 3

Westport • West Hartford • Bethel

September 7, 2010, Westport, CT: Upon wrapping up their successful Heirloom Tomato Festival just a few weeks ago, the team from Rizzuto’s is not missing a beat as they prepare for CRUSH 2010, A Celebration of Grape Harvesting Season.

This highly anticipated harvesting and crushing of the grapes typically takes place between August and October in the northern hemisphere and during February and April in the southern hemisphere. The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels with winemakers basing their decision to pick depending on the style of wine they wish to produce.

Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Kitchen and Bar is celebrating the harvest season with 7 days of over 100 food and wine pairings covering 7 wine regions, including those in California, Italy and even from our own backyard in Long Island, New York.  A small plates menu, along with an impressive line-up of daily specials, will come with suggested wine pairings that can be savored in 3 ounce tasting size portions, a full glass “quartino” size offering, or by the bottle – all of which are being offered at stupendous prices.

The menu includes such comforting fall flavors as; Diver Scallops with truffle cauliflower puree, fava beans and maitake mushrooms; Duck Prosciutto “Casarecce” with pomegranate molasses and fresh thyme; Tuna Crudo with citrus, extra virgin olive oil, red onion and fluer-de-sel; Bruschetta  with Beef Crudo, taleggio cheese and pickled mushrooms; Spicy Clams with  red chili and garlic sauce, extra virgin olive oil, preserved lemon and basil; Lamb “Pizzaiolo” with caramelized onions, peppers, plum tomato, chickpea gnocchi , braised and wood  fired; and Potato Gnocchi Amatriciana with pancetta, sopressata, tomato, caramelized onions and ricotta.

For more information and to view our CRUSH video from our visit to Pindar Winery in Long Island, check out


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