Vic Rallo was on The Couch, CBS New York’s morning show, to clear up some of the history surrounding Columbus. Not only did Columbus enjoy delicious Italian prosciutto and porcini mushrooms on his journey across the sea, but his ships were, in fact, propelled by prosciutto slicers. See the full segment below, make a footnote in your history books and have a great Columbus Day!
This past Tuesday, October 8th, Vic Rallo appeared on the Rachael Ray Show for the Dollar Store Cook-Off Challenge! Vic went toe-to-toe with Chef Ryan Scott to prepare the very best dish he could, using items from the on-set dollar store. But first, they had to earn the dollars to spend on ingredients…
With dollars in hand, Vic Rallo and Scott Ryan had just 45 seconds to spend their money wisely on their dollar store ingredients before the cook-off began!
After all was said and done, guest Papa Joe, the man who lost 250 lbs eating food from the 99-cent store, picked the winner of the Dollar Store Cook-Off Challenge. Who came out Victorious?
Last Saturday, September 8, Vic cooked against Red Bank Mayor, Pat Menna in a pasta thrown down LIVE on stage at the Count Basie Theatre while Joe Bastianich reprised his role from MasterChef as he judged the competition.
July 2013 found us in Friuli with 3 cameramen, a soundman, a fixer and a director. It was hot. Italy is usually hotter in July than in August. Italian wine professionals name their heat waves, just as we name our hurricanes. “Charonte” and “Stige” brought us temperatures between 95° – 102° Fahrenheit. Charonte (Charon) was the mythical underworld boatman who transported luckless souls across the River Styx (Stige). They gave new meaning to the expression, “Hot as Hades!”
Sunday, September 7 – Joe Bastianich with Special Guest Victor Rallo
After a day-long competition in the delicious Count Basie tasting tent, the top cooking finalists will join Joe Bastianich and special guest Victor Rallo on the Basie stage to cook against Victor while Joe reprises his role from MasterChef as he judges the competition.
Sunday, September 8 – Taste & Talk™ Sunday – A Taste and Tour of Italian Wine with Vic Rallo
Join us for an afternoon in the Taste and Talk™ Tent with seven of the best Italian wine producers from the Kobrand Corporation Tour, as you sample wines and learn about their vintages and vineyards. Moderated by Victor Rallo of Public Television’s Eat! Drink! Italy!
“ROCK & RALLO”
STARRING VICTOR RALLO WITH SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST BURLAP TO CASHMERE
Saturday July 06, 2013, 6:00 PM
Join us in celebrating Red Bank’s own Victor Rallo’s new Public Television series, Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo as we celebrate the world premiere on the big screen at Count Basie Theatre and raise money for the Basie’s Performing Arts Academy! Following the premiere, Victor will host an interactive cooking demo live from the Basie Stage. Then, after a decade away, New Jersey’s own Burlap to Cashmere returns to the stage!
Victor Rallo, Jr. is a successful, seasoned restaurateur and wine critic in New Jersey. After graduating from Villanova University and earning his JD from Seton Hall, Victor jumped directly from the world of law into the restaurant business. He now owns and operates Basil T’s Brewery and Italian Grill in Red Bank, and Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, both of which have received numerous awards for excellence in cuisine, service, and their extensive Italian wine lists. Victor is also an Italian wine expert and critic recognized for his exceptional palate and distinct personality. He’s also published two wine books, Napoleon Wasn’t Exiled and 21 Wines. For Vic’s new show he visits Italy six to eight times per year to find inspiration for his restaurants, and to taste and write about the wines from every region of Italy. Victor lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey with his wife, three kids, three dogs, and a fully stocked wine cellar.
On May 22nd, we celebrated Victor’s new show Eat! Drink! Italy! with Victor Rallo at a spectacular launch party with great Italian wine and culinary delights from gourmet Italian food trucks in a true festival ambiance. Take a look at some of the photos from the event below, and see even more on the Eat! Drink! Italy! Facebook page.
©Photographs by Robert A. Cumins
I recently hosted a sold-out wine tasting and dinner with Italian cycling legend Francesco Moser! We were joined by Francesco himself and his son Carlo who also works as the Moser winery. From delicious Legrein to the sparkling wine named after his world record (51,151) Francesco Moser brings the same passion and talent he has for cycling into his wines. Below are some photos from the event at Undici. We also had a very special guest from Second Life Cycling: a young cyclist from Noah who got to meet his favorite rider of all time!
We recently hosted Agostino and Iacopo Lenci at Undici in Rumson, NJ for a unique tasting event. Agostino is the winemaker for Fattoria di Magliano, and Iacopo (his son) is the brewer of Bruton Italian Beers. We tasted the wines of the father, and the beers of the son in one outstanding and truly special night! You can view the photos from that event here.
I got to sit down with each of them and talk about their craft, the area in which they work, and the culture behind each product that they make.
Victor Rallo Interviews Brewer Iacopo Lenci of Bruton Italian Beer over Basil T’s microbrews. Learn how a lack of historical beer culture allows Iacopo to explore and create as a brewer, and how the Italian craft beer scene is exploding across Italy.
Victor talks with Agostino Lenci about the beautiful estate of Fattoria di Magliano in costal Tuscany. Just over an our outside of Rome and a short drive from the beach, Fattoria Magliano not only produces top-notch Tuscan wines, but has an old farmhouse turned into an inn, making it the perfect getaway when seeing the sights of Tuscany and Rome.
It’s wine tasting season in New Jersey and I am hosting several Italian wine events at both of my restaurants in the coming months. All the dates are listed below. I hope to share a glass of wine with you at one of these tastings soon!
Complimentary Wine Tastings September 6th, September 19th, October 4th, October 17th, November 1st
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6th, 5pm-7pm
Featuring the wines of CUSUMANO (Sicily)
Cusumano Angimbe 2010 (Insolia & Chardonnay)
Cusumano Merlot 2010
Cusumano Nero d’Avola 2010
Cusumano Benuara 2010 (Nero & Syrah)
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 19th, 5pm-7pm
Featuring the wines of Piedmont
Picollo Ernesto Gavi di Gavi 2011
Nada Fiorenza Dolcetto d’Alba 2010
Giovanni Rosso Barbera d’Alba Donna Margherita 2009
Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serralunga 2007
THURSDAY OCTOBER 4th, 5pm-7pm
Featuring the wines of Bibi Graetz (Tuscany)
Casamatta Bianco 2010
Casamatta Rosato 2011
Casamatta Rosso 2010
Grilli De Testamata 2009
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17th, 5pm-7pm
Featuring the LAMBRUSCO of Cleto Chiarli
Chiarli Brut Rose NV
Chiarli Lambrusco Centenario Amabile NV
Chiarli Lambrusco Vecchia Modena Sordrara 2010
Chiarli Lambrusco Enrico Cialdini 2010
Chiarli Lambrusco Pruno Nero Spumante NV
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st, 5pm-7pm
Featuring the wines of FRANCESCO MOSER
Francesco Moser, nicknamed “lo sceriffo”, is one of the most famous Italian cyclists of all time. Since retiring from professional cycling in 1987, he has given the same passion to spearheading his family wine estate, Maso Villa Warth. The Moser family owns 10ha of sun-kissed vineyards perched on a natural terrace overlooking the Adige valley. The Ora wind that blows up from Lake Garda ensures vintage after vintage of fresh and fragrant wines.
Muller Thurgau 2011
Moscato Giallo Selezione 2011
Teroldego DOC 2010
Undici Taverna Rustica Upcoming Events
The first two tastings of our new season of Accademia del Vino Wine Dinners are sold out, but our next two events are on sale now! Taste the wines of Sant’Antonio & San Felice, each perfectly paired with cuisine from their respective region. All wines being tasted will also be available for sale at special pricing. Tickets for these events are selling out quickly, so get yours now! All wine dinner events begin promptly at 6:30pm.
Get your tickets by calling Undici at 732-842-3880
Monday, October 1st
Tenuta Sant’Antonio, the premier producer in the Veneto, Italy
With Victor Rallo and Winery owner Armando Castagnedi
The Wines Being Tasted:
Sant’Antonio Scaia Biana 2011
Sant’Antonio Valpolicella Ripasso Monti Garbi 2009
Sant’Antonio Cabernet Sauvignon Capitel del Monte 2005
Sant’Antonio Amarone Castagnedi 2008
Sant’Antonio Amarone Campo del Gigli 2006
Sant’Antonio ReciotoValpolicella Argille Bianchi 2003
$79 per person includes Tasting, Seminar and Dinner.
Very limited seating available.
Thursday, October 25
The wines of San Felice, Tuscany
with Victor Rallo and Legendary winemaker Leonardo Bellacinni
The Wines Being Tasted:
Perolla Vermentino Maremma 2011
San Felice Chianti Classico 2009
San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
San Felice Mater Vitis 2008
San Felice Vigorello 2007
$79 per person includes Tasting, Seminar and Dinner.
Very limited seating available.
Monday, November 5
Vietti Winery with Luca Currado
One of the best wine makers in Italy.
Wines to be announced.
$99 per person all inclusive dinner, seminar, wine tax and gratuity included
Payment for tickets will be charged upon making your reservations. Cancellations will receive a credit to be used for another Premium Italian Wine Event wine dinner of your choosing, however cancellations made within 48 hours prior to the event are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Sunday, November 11
The Wines, Cheeses, and Pastas of Italy
from 12pm to 4pm
Jersey shore Restaurant Week
Over 50 wines and spirits , Italian cheeses and pastas
Presented by Undici, Kobrand, & Sickles Market
Tickets available at www.Jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com
Monday, December 17
The Wines of Iuli
With owner wine maker Fabrizio Luli and Indie wineries
An old grower family with 10 hectares of incredible holdings on the slopes of Beneficio in Francavilla Bisio. Organically farmed, hand harvested Cortese with a
day maceration on the skins and a wild yeast fermentation. Raised in stainless and only racked in the Spring to allow the wine to naturally settle. Natural elegance.
Fabrizio Luli calls himself a barberista, for his love, focus, and dedication to the Barbera grape. Fabrizio is certified organic in the vineyards, and the land
surrounding the town has always been cultivated without chemicals for as long as his father can remember. Fabrizio interferes as little as possible with the natural
process of fermentation and ageing. Iuli uses natural yeasts, and does not fine or filter the wines. With a median of 3 years of ageing (some of the labels less, some
more), he believes the wine prepares itself in its OWN time to go into the bottle and his only job is to communicate (taste) with it along the way to find out where
in it’s life line it is.
Molinetto Carrea [Practicing Organic] Gavi 2011
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore “Rossore” [30-60yr old vines] 2008
Monferrato Rosso “Nino” [100% Pinot Nero] 2009
Monferrato Rosso “Malidea” [60% Nebbiolo / 40% Barbera] 2007
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore “Barabba” [70 yr old vine cru vineyard] 2007