On Wednesday night, Tucson Elites and guests gathered to mangia the night away family style at Yelp's Buon Appetito Elite Event at the new North Fattoria Italiana! Guests were greeted at the door with a choice of vino rosso o bianco della casa and took a seat for an incredbile night of Italian food, endless wine, and good times with good friends. Grazie Mille to North Fattoria Italiana for hosting such an amazing event!
"This was the perfect family style dinner," shared Jenni L."The mood of North has changed significantly and I was so glad to be able to experience that, I know I will be back in the next week with my family." The menu included chef's boards with cured meats and cheeses, a seasonal vegetable farro salad, three pastas (gigli with pesto, shortrib gnocchi & bucatini), two pizzas (the Pig and Stracciatella), and dessert. Did we mention the unlimited carafe's of red and white wine? Buonissimo!
Mark S can "hardly think straight" just talking about the pizza, exclaiming "this ain't Dominos" about The Pig: "Think of every Italian cured meat you can and put it on super thin, crispy crust with spicy tomato sauce." Meanwhile, Aaron G was in pasta heaven — "the pesto pasta was phenomenal, I couldn't get enough." And how about that Nutella cake topped with affogato? Undoubtedly the highlight of the evening. Heather M yelps "it was awesome; served in a little mason jar we gleefully dug our spoons down to the bottom to get a taste of the layered flavors." Perfetto!
Not only were these Elite treated to a first class food and wine exrtavaganza, but their Italian word skills were put to the test with an Itlian word search contest. Why you ask? To win prizes of course! For just a bit of added pressure, they only had three minutes to find as many words as possible. Our three winners were Danny S, Jennifer M and Alana J. All three went home with a set of craft olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamics. Our champ, Alana J also went home with a pair of tickets to the upcoming Tucson Culinary Festival.
And what would an Elite event be without making new friends? Christina D "loved the concept; it was all about food and sharing. It really felt family style." Aishan S seconds that! "It was a great experience, and I'm lucky to have gone to such a great Yelp event with wonderful people!" Read more about this heartwarming, belly-filling event here.
A special thanks to North Fattoria Italiana for such a generous feast, the phenomenal staff that went above and beyond all evening and to the talented Elizabeth Miller, owner of Ann Bradford Photography, for capturing such incredible shots throughout the evening.
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