Facci Awarded Best Wine List 2012 by Wine Spectator

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We are proud to have received one of the most famous awards in the wine industry. Wine Spectator, the prestigious world wine guide, awarded Facci Ristorante, Best Wine List 2012. Starting this Tuesday we will feature some of the wines on our Wine List and make them available for a very special price for one day a week. Every Tuesday we will have a different selection to showcase little by little all the wines that brought us to achieve this coveted Award of Excellence 2012 by Wine Spectator. We want take this moment to thank our customers, the staff at Facci and those who were willing to experience unknown Italian grapes.



Siamo onorati di aver ricevuto uno dei premi piu prestigiosi nel campo del vino. Wine Spectator, una delle riviste piu prestigiose a livello mondiale, ha premiato Facci Ristorante per avere una delle migliori Liste di Vino. Ogni martedi avremo una selezione di vini, presi dalla nostra lista, disponibili a meta’ prezzo, cosi da dare la possibilita’ a tutti di assaggiare i vini che ci hanno aiutato a ricevere questo premio. Approfittiamo di questo momento per ringraziare la nostra clientele, lo staff di Facci e tutti coloro che sono stati propensi a degustare uve italiane sconosciute.


Facci Wood Fire Pizza and Wine Bar

7530 Montpelier Road

Laurel, Maryland 20723


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Sicilian Wine Dinner with the wines of FIRRIATO

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Monday July 9th 2012 at 7pm we will host a Wine Dinner that will feature the food and wine of the beautiful island-region of Sicily. For the occasion we chose the wines from the producer considered to be the best in the region by the Italian and America wine critics, FIRRIATO.

FIRRIATO is a relatively new winery that was founded in 1985. They have quickly gained the attention of the wine enthusiasts and the press. Their philosophy is to employ highly qualified international winemaking consultants from Australia and New Zealand and combine them with the talents of their wine maker Giuseppe Pellegrino. This team has been charged with the duty of making wines that express the uniqueness of the Sicilian terroir using up to the minute technology. The intention is not to make an Australian or New Zealand styled wine but to make soft and expressive Sicilian wines through the experience of the team with the resources that abound in their sub region in Western Sicily near Trapani. They are making some of the most dynamic wines in Sicily today.

For this Wine Dinner Gino Palma Esposito worked on a menu that will feature typical dishes from Sicily. Maurizio Farro instead paired each dish with the perfect FIRRIATO wine. Traditional food and wine from one of the most famous Italian islands in the world, SICILIA!


Here is the menu and wines paired for each course:

Insalata di Mare

Cold Octopus Salad With Lemon And FIRRIATO Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Paired with: Ansonica “Chiaramonte”, FIRRIATO


Paccheri al Ragu di Alici

Ragú Sauce Made With Fresh Imported Anchovies Served With Paccheri Pasta

Paired with: Grillo “Altavilla della Corte”, FIRRIATO


“Spitini” Siciliani

Skewered Beef Filet With Caciocavallo Cheese Served With Sicilian Style Sautéed Eggplant

Paired with: Nero d’Avola “Chiaramonte”, FIRRIATO


Castrato alla Brace

Grilled Sicilian Marinated Lamb Served With Fried Baby Artichokes

Paired with: Etna Rosso “CAVANERA”,

Nerello Mascalese & Nerello Cappuccio, FIRRIATO


Cassata alla Siciliana

Sponge cake with ricotta cheese, chocolate and fresh crystallized fruit paired with:

L’Ecrù, Zibibbo & Malvasia, FIRRIATO



FIRRIATO featured for the evening are made with native grapes such as Grillo, believed to be brought by the Phenicious to Sicily, it is now their indigenous grape. Also, Ansonica, Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cppuccio, Zibibbo.

CAVANERA, one of the wines we will taste for the event, is made on the Etna volcano and was awarded by the prestigious wine magazine THE WINE ADVOCATE as one of the best wines from Sicily. There is no doubt FIRRIATO is the real expression of Sicilian wines today.

This is what THE WINE ADVOCATE wrote about FIRRIATO:

The 2007 Etna Rosso Cavanera (Nerello Mascalese-Nerello Cappuccio) possesses wonderful richness and depth in the mid-weight style that is the hallmark of the wines of the Etna. Succulent red cherries, raspberries, licorice, tobacco and sweet spices are some of the nuances that emerge from this beautiful, harmonious wine. Sweet, candied notes add a sense of lift on the finish. This is a remarkably polished, complete wine from Firriato. With a little better use of oak, this could be an even more expressive and complete wine, a frightening prospect considering how terrific it is already. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019. 

I have to say I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Firriato this year. Across the board this is a very solid line-up, which is particularly impressive considering the estate’s production is now nearly 5 million bottles per year spread across numerous properties in Sicily. Firriato is among the new entrants in the Etna, and those wines are among the highlights.

Antonio Galloni








FACCI RESTAURANT AT  (301) 604-5555.



Facci Wood Fire Pizza and Wine Bar

7530 Montpelier Road

Laurel, Maryland 20723

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ABRUZZO is coming to Facci Ristorante this month

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Facci Ristorante is proud to present this month on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7pm an evening with Antonio Chiavaroli, general manager of Azienda MARRAMIERO, one of the best producers of the Abruzzo region. This will be an evening you won’t forget.

We will taste 12 different wines from MARRAMIERO:

Marramiero Brut

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo “DAMA” 2011

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo “ANIMA” 2011

Trebbiano Superiore “ALTARE” 2009

Pecorino “SESSANTAPASSI” 2011

Pecorino Superiore 2011

Chardonnay “PUNTA DI COLLE” 2009

Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo “DAMA” 2011

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “DAMA” 2010

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “INCANTO” 2009

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo CRU Riserva “INFERI” 2008

Marramiero Brut Rose


Plus a 4 course Wine Dinner:

1st Course


Fried Shrimp, Calamari and Tilapia served with mixed greens

Wine pairing: Trebbiano d’Abruzzo “DAMA”

2nd Course


Cylindrical pasta stuffed with pecorino cheese, ground beef served with ragu sauce

Wine pairing: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “DAMA”

3rd Course


Grilled Lamb served with potatoes puree and asparagus

Wine pairing: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo CRU Riserva “INFERI”

4th Course


Homemade Chocolate Mousse served with Hazelnut Ice Cream

Wine pairing: Marramiero Brut Rose

Join us and taste 12 wines from the best producer of Montepulciano plus enjoy a 4 course Wine Dinner menu for only $85 all inclusive! Please call Facci Restaurant at (301) 604-5555 to make your reservation.

We have only 50 seats available for this event.

Thank you.

In the beautiful region of Abruzzo, between the Adriatic sea and the Gran Sasso mountain, at 270 meters above sea level, on the Pescaresi hillside, the Marramiero family has been growing grapes since the beginning of the century. In the sixties and seventies new vines were planted after a long selection of the root stocks. At the beginning of the nineties, the founder, Dante Marramiero, gave birth to his project of working the grapes, aging of the wines, and bottling. This rich heritage was embraced by his son Enrico and his daughter Patrizia whom, in collaboration with the enologist Taraborrelli and Antonio Chiavaroli, have founded the Azienda Marramiero.

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Cantiniere & Facci Present a Gourmet Food & Wine Trip to Italy

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Highlighting the Regions of Campania, Molise & Abruzzo!

Dates are October 11-21, 2012

Cost: $3,650 p/p (share basis, all-inclusive)

Contact Bethesda Travel Center at 301-656-1670 or Lisa Passalacqua at 410-303-0955

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