In Vino Veritas
by Karee Carlucci
photos by Steve Brinkman
"Italian is probably the number-one restaurant cuisine [in the world], and everyone has their own idea of what it should be," says D.K. "This is our interpretation. I love Italian food myself and thought it would be a good challenge."
The menu manages to be both innovative and authentic. The Silk Handkerchiefs are squares of basil-pesto pasta folded with Roma tomatoes, toasted almonds and pecorino-romano cheese. Risotto of Jumbo Lump Crab and Sweet Rock Shrimp is served with braised fennel and swims in a spicy cioppino broth. The wonderfully tender Pork Chop Milanese comes in fig-marsala juice. Master sommelier Chuck Furuya lends his talent for uncovering incredible values to the wine list, which features more than 150 wines; since Vino serves over twenty wines by the glass, it’s a good idea to ask for recommended pairings. For example, Chuck found a rare Tuscany Rosato to complement the Silk Handkerchiefs, a full-bodied Pinot Grigio for the risotto and a ripe Australian Shiraz for the pork.