Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Kitchen 76 at Two Sisters Vineyard in Niagara

Located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, Two Sisters Vineyards is one of the newer wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake having opened in 2014. 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, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio and artfully presented Salumi e Formaggi board served on long wooden planks; housemade pasta such as Tagliatelle with tiger shrimp and blistered tomatoes, and Orecchiette with mild Italian sausage, rapini, garlic, pecorino, fresh chilies and toasted breadcrumbs, as well as delicious gas fired pizzas including Dolce e Solato with mozzarella, gorgonzola, pear, Prosciutto di Parma, toasted walnuts, arugula and honey, Fungi with oyster mushrooms, pancetta, asiago, spinach and mozzarella, 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 the Two Sisters Vineyards Rosé which was nice and chilled for a hot summer afternoon. The service is friendly and professional, the food very good and the views from the outside terrace are beautiful. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a magical destination to enjoy a leisurely summer weekend, take in some theatre at the Shaw Festival and explore the local wineries.

Two Sisters Vineyard and Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Two Sisters Vineyards is one of the newer wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake having opened in 2014

The adjacent vineyard to the Two Sisters Niagara estate

Still very young, the grapes will not be ready for picking until Autumn

The winery is run by sisters Angela Marotta and Melissa Paolicelli 

Kitchen 76 at Two Sisters 

With a menu of rustic Italian dishes, Kitchen 76 showcases produce from local Niagara farmers, 
as well as seasonal produce from the Two Sisters property

Overlooking the vineyards, the outdoor terrace is a tranquil place to enjoy a light lunch 
and cold glass of wine 

2017 Two Sisters Rosé

Light and quite dry, the Rosé is one of my favourite wines at Two Sisters

House Made Focaccia baked to order with rosemary, garlic oil and mixed olives

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

Burrata with marinated cherry tomatoes and grilled bread

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