How to Pair Wine with Pasta and Risotto

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Join Us at Bertucci’s for Authentic Italian Food & Wine

Bertucci’s wine selection is curated to work well with a variety of authentic Italian pasta and sauce preparations. We offer Prosecco, a sparkling white wine, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon, and two delicious varieties of Sangria, which are especially ideal for the summer months. Make sure you enjoy a glass (or two!) of one of our special wines next time you visit us. We look forward to helping you have a meal to remember.
There are few things that go together better than wine and pasta, and although Bertucci’s can’t transport you to Europe, we do our best to bring authentic Italian dishes that you’ll love, paired with award-winning wines. In this guide, you’ll learn more about how to pair various Bertucci’s classic pasta dishes with wines from our list
Remember, if you ever have questions about pairings when you dine with us, simply speak to our wait staff. Any member of the team will be pleased to provide you with recommendations!

Wines That Complement Creamy Sauces

Most white wine selections work wonderfully with creamy white and cheese-based sauces.
Chardonnays have flavor profiles that range from clean and crisp to buttery, rich, and complex. Pinot Grigio is a lightly perfumed white with hints of fresh flavors like lime, lemon, or apple. Both are perfect for creamy pasta dishes like Baked Chicken Gratinati; Fettuccine Alfredo; or Rigatoni, Broccoli & Chicken. These wines are also a great choice for our Risotto Formaggi. If you are thinking of adding shrimp or other seafood to your pasta or risotto, then a Sauvignon Blanc, replete with grassy, herbal flavors, may be a refreshing alternative.
That said, you might also want to consider lighter red wines, such as a Pinot Noir, to accompany the above, especially if the sauce features hard cheeses, like Asiago and Pecorino Romano.

Wine & Red Sauces

Bertucci’s homemade Pomodoro sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes tends to pair best with dry, medium-bodied red wines. There are a surprising number of red wines that fall into this category. Our featured Chianti selections are hearty and dry with a distinctive smooth texture and overtones of spice, raspberry, and licorice. Our Pomodoro-based meat sauce and our staple Polpette (meatballs) pair well with robust Cabernet Sauvignon, which is full-bodied and intense, with luscious cherry-currant flavors. Other Bertucci’s pasta dishes that pair well with rich reds are Rigatoni Abruzzi, Lasagna Rustica, and Four Cheese Ravioli with meat sauce.

Wine & Seafood

Because Italy is a Mediterranean nation, many traditional pasta dishes contain seafood, such as shrimp, scallops, mussels or lobster
Light to medium-bodied wines pair best with seafood-based pasta meals. Among the best choices to complement our Shrimp Rossini, Lobster Ravioli, and Scampi are Pinot Grigio or a rose Pinot Noir.
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