Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Two Sisters Vineyards in Niagara on the Lake

Located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, Two Sisters Vineyards is one of the newest wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake having just opened two summers ago. A labour of love from the Marotta family, whose fortune derives from real estate development, the winery is run by sisters Angela Marotta and Melissa Paolicelli who stylishly front the operations. Inspired by the flavours of the season and the bounty of Niagara produce, the menu of Kitchen76 echoes the owner's Italian heritage and was created to complement the vineyard's wines. In the kitchen is chef Jason Letto, who has created a straightforward collection of simple Italian dishes made with a keen attention to detail including a selection of Italian antipasti from Arancini, Carpaccio and artfully presented Salumi e Formaggi board served on long wooden planks; housemade pasta such as Ravioli stuffed with ricotta and pecorino and tomato sauce, and Strozzapreti with basil pesto, grilled zucchini and pecorino; as well as delicious gas fired pizzas including Fungi with oyster mushrooms, pancetta, asiago, spinach and mozzarella, Dolce e Solato with mozzarella, gorgonzola, pear, Prosciutto di Parma, toasted walnuts, arugula and honey to the classic Margherita with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and olive oil. The wines, which are also available in the adjacent tasting room, are impressive. We enjoyed two glasses of Two Sisters Vineyards Lush Sparkling Rosé to start, and were very surprised at the wine's depth and flavour. The service is friendly and professional, the food very good and the views from the outside terrace of the restaurant are glorious. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a magical destination to enjoy a leisurely summer weekend and explore the local wineries. 

The grassy entrance to Two Sisters Vineyard 

Grapes hanging from the vine at Two Sisters

The luncheon menu of Kitchen76 at Two Sisters Vineyard in Niagara on the Lake

Two Sisters Vineyards Lush Sparkling Rose 2010, an elegant Rosé sparkling wine is made in the Méthode Traditionelle from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Leek and Potato Soup with spinach and house cured pork sausage

Barbabietole Salad with heirloom beets with goat cheese, hazelnuts, fresh orange, watercress and lemon

The gas-fired pizza oven with fresh basil ready to garnish the Pizza Margherita

Margherita Pizza with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil and olive oil  

 Grilled octopus with shaved fennel, radish, celery, lemon and parsley

The Dessert Menu

Warm and squishy Cinnamon Sugar Beignets with salted caramel sauce, whipped vanilla cream and chocolate hazelnut sauce

Sisters Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli and Angela Marotta of Two Sisters Vineyards in Niagara on the Lake

Chef Jason Lesso

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