Pairing Pasta & Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

There are those who have made careers out of knowing the best wine and pasta pairings. Maybe, though, you don’t want to become an expert, but you’d like to know your way around a dinner menu without having to rely on the waitstaff or a knowledgeable friend or spouse. If you relate, this guide is for you.

As you continue reading, you’ll see basic information about which types of wines go best with various pasta dishes. Remember, this is meant to help you get started in the world of food and wine pairings, but there’s a lot more you can learn if you find yourself intrigued. Don’t hesitate to take a cooking class or read a book on how wines can enhance any meal experience.

Pasta with Tomato-Based Sauces

If you’re planning to order a dish that features a tomato-based sauce, a medium-bodied red wine is your best bet for a delicious pairing. Tomatoes are highly acidic and medium-bodied reds tend to be tart, which will temper the acidity. There are a variety of options in this category, including Zinfandels, Chiantis, Negroamaros, and Rhone blends.

Pasta with Seafood

Italy is a coastal nation with many seafood-based dishes. Thus, if you visit an authentic Italian restaurant, the odds are good that you will select a dish that features some sort of fish or crustacean. Although there are a variety of wines that pair well with seafood meals, Italian rosés and light- to medium-bodied white wines are great go-to options for novices. Next time your dinner includes seafood, consider Muscadets, Pinot Grigios, and Verdicchios in particular.

Pasta with Cheese

If your intention is to order a cheese-heavy pasta dish, there aren’t a lot of limitations in regard to which wine you should order. Most wines go well with cheese-based dishes! There are, however, a few things you can consider. If your meal includes a creamy cheese, such as ricotta, you might want to opt for a soft, creamy wine; think Chardonnays and Trebbiano. If, on the other hand, your meal features a hard cheese, like parmesan or asiago, Pinot Noirs and Sangioveses are both great options.

The Strega Waterfront waitstaff would love to help you select the perfect wine to pair with your meal next time you dine with us. If you ever have questions regarding your food and wine selection, please don’t hesitate to inquire. We hope, though, that this guide has given you more confidence to start experimenting with new and exciting pairings both at home and out on the town!

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Why You Should Take Advantage of Our Prixe-Fixed Lunch Menu

When you’re stepping out of the office to unwind during lunch, you certainly don’t want to be spending a great deal of time browsing an endless list of plates you can’t pronounce. During the week day you want to enjoy a meal without the pressure of asking countless questions about the menu.

At Strega Waterfront, we offer a selection of delectable meals for only $19 per person. Choosing an appetizer, entrée and dessert for under $20 is rare these days. Choosing high-quality dishes for under $20 is nearly impossible in Boston.

If you love pasta but don’t want to overstuff yourself, we have you covered with our flavorful Shrimp Scampi. Nothing pairs more perfectly than seafood and salad which is why our clientele adore the Crabcake Salad. With the right blend of baby arugula and citrus vinaigrette, the richness of the crabcake will have your taste buds craving more.

When pasta and salad aren’t fulfilling your needs, opt for our Risotto Fritters. This heart-healthy meal doesn’t limit itself on flavor. Incorporating ground veal, peas, mozzarella and Arborio rice, go ahead and spoil yourself with this indulgent appetizer.

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty meal or a lighter option, we have a slew of options including our Cavatelli served with San Marzano marinara and fresh mozzarella, or the Scallops Grand Marnier. For a traditional Italian entrée, dig into the Eggplant Parmigiana.

Take some time during the weekday to delve into our flavorful seafood and Italian dishes in Boston, MA.  Don’t forget dessert!  Indulge in our creamy Cannolis or our oven-fresh Tiramasu.

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With a customizable lunch and dinner menu, including an extensive wine list, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, we guarantee that your dining experience will be a day to remember. Our professional staff has years of experience providing courteous and fast service. At Strega Waterfront, we understand the importance of making sure your event is going as smoothly as possible which is why we aim to provide a memorable function.

When you contact Strega Waterfront, we’ll discuss every detail with you and answer every question so you can feel confident knowing that all your plans will be met. Personal touches are really the cherry on top so our Private Event Staff will make sure everything is in order. If you need balloons, bowls of candy laid out, an assortment of cupcakes, candles – whatever you need- we will assist with those finishing touches that tie everything together.