Monatanara Pizza is a classic pizza that originated in Naples, Italy. It is different as you fry the pizza dough before topping with a savory sauce, smoked mozzarella, a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano and fresh basil.
I was inspired to create this pizza to pair with an Aglianico wine after watching the film From the Vine.....Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla invited the members of our Italian Food Wine and Travel group to join her in kicking off the New Year by watching the 2019 film, From the Vine.
This movie is listed as a drama but I would list it more as a comedy. I loved this film and while it didn't take place in Naples, Acerenza where it was filmed is not too far from there, so I'm sure this pizza made it's way to that area as well.
And while my wine isn't from Acerenza but Campania whose capital is Naples I knew that it was going to pair lovely with the Montanara.
The wine is however made with Aglianico grapes, the same grapes that Marco Gentile, played by Joe Pantoliano, ends up growing and bottling after fleeing a job as an attorney in corporate Canada and returning to Italian roots and his childhood home belonging to his grandfather who has since passed away.
There is not a lot of food in this movie except at the very beginning when Marco's wife comes home to a lovely meal prepared by him as he drops the bombshell that he has quit his job and has bought them open ended first class seats to Italy.
His wife believing that Marco is just going through a midlife crisis stays home and Marco heads off to Italy without her. Once at his grandfather's home, that has been very neglected and is way behind on back taxes, Marco is reunited with the friends and neighbors of his childhood.
Marco sets off to refurbish the house and the vineyards as the movie flashes back to scenes of his childhood memories and glimpses of the vines "speaking to him".
Marco's wife and daughter finally show up in Italy after learning that Marco emptied their retirement savings to pay back taxes and renovate the place. They arrive angry and determined to get him home to get some help for his mental breakdown.
Soon they are enraptured by the magic of the town and it's people. It is a fun, happy movie and a good way to start off the New Year.
This Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2017 is made to be enjoyed right now. It is medium bodied and a bit spicy.
While I am sharing this post with you on the 7th Day of Christmas that just happens to be the 1st day of the New Year, I served this wine on the 2nd Day of Christmas when my friend John, his son, Chris and daughter in law, Miyu, were over for a visit and games before Chris and Miyu have to head back to South Korea where he is stationed.
Dinner started with a Tuscan Soup followed by the Pizza Montanara. I will be sharing the soup recipe with you in a couple of weeks. The wine paired very nicely with both the soup and the pizza.
Today also started a new group for this year hosted by Sue of Palatable Pastime called Supper Club Saturday. We are all invited to share a recipe with the others in the group on the first Saturday of each month. I am sharing this Pizza Montanara. Let's see what the others are sharing.......
We will be talking more about Aglianico wines, travel memories, food pairings and thoughts about this movie at 11 AM ET today when we meet for Twitter Chat following #ItalianFWT. We would love if you joined us. Here are the topics we will be discussing.......
- A Movie Set in Acerenza and Tumacë Me Tulë + Azienda Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Gudarra 2015 by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Enjoying Aglianico From the Vine with Pizza Montanara by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- From the Vine: Devouring Pizza, Donnachiara Aglianico Wine, and the Movie by Our Good Life
- How A Glorious Past Can Reinvent The Future in Basilicata by Grapevine Adventures
- Mila Vuolo’s Passion for Aglianico in Colli di Salerno IGT by Wine Predator...Gwendolyn Alley
- New Year Nibbles + an Organic PetNat Aglianico by Wineivore
- Organic Aglianico from Ciro Picariello by Avvinare
- Pairing Wine and a Movie: “From The Vine”and 2012 I Favati Cretarossa + Salsicce e Fagioli by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
- Why Aglianico Rules Among Grapes of Southern Italy by My Full Wine Glass
- Why Aren’t you Drinking More Aglianico? by Vino Travels