Make a diary note: 13 April, 2013. On that magical Saturday evening Ta’ Frenc Restaurant in Gozo is hosting an eight-course gourmet meal from Piemonte with matching Michele Chiarlo wines, finished off with a superb Grappa Berta.
Michelin star chef Maurilio Garola (pictured above) an owner of La Ciau del Tornavento, in Treiso, Piemonte, is teaming up with the kitchen brigade at Ta’ Frenc, led by head chef Mario Schembri, to produce this memorable meal with each course matched with an appropriate wine.
Maurilio, 54, has been running his restaurant – the name means the key to the returning wind – for the past 15 years and it specialises in typical food of the region, using local ingredients, given the added flair of this creative expert master chef. He will be bringing with him ingredients from Piemonte to further enhance the flavours of what should be an outstanding night out.
Not to be outdone, both Michele Chiarlo and Grappa Berta, who will be represented by Alberto Chiarlo, his wife Simona Depaoli and Annamaria Serafino, and (for Distillerie Berta) Export Manager Giovanni Bocchino, will be using an outstanding selection of wines from Piemonte. Both brands will be provided Attard & Co. (Foodstuffs) Ltd through their sub-agent of in Gozo, Abraham’s Supplies Co. Ltd.
Among the ingredients that will go into the meal are black truffles and nuts from Piemonte, apart from an enticing combination of meats, poultry and seafood. A signature dish that is also on the menu is ravioli served on a bed of hay – but more will be revealed closer to the date.
Ta’ Frenc Restaurant, just off the main road between Victoria and Marsalforn, has built an enviable reputation over the past 30 years, with the key staff, including maître d’ Joseph Tabone, ensuring the service, apart from the food, will be impeccable.
Over the years Ta’ Frenc has hosted several similar events, including Serge Dubs, Ciccio Sultano and the Locanda Don Serafino. It is one of the few restaurants in Malta and Gozo to have its house champagne, as well as a white wine from Alsace and Bordeaux with its own label.