The "segreto" behind Italian food and wine pairing

Food and wine pairing may seem like a complicated challenge, but in the case of Italy, if you follow one simple rule, your food and wine pairings will be a great success! All 20 of Italy’s administrative regions produce wine to some extent, with vastly different wine regions throughout. Within each of those areas, there are also specific regional dishes. Chances are, if you pair a wine and food that come from the same Italian region, you will have a winning pairing! As they say, “if it grows together, it goes together.” But here are some of our favourite pairings, just in case you need a little help.

Neapolitan Pizza with Aglianico

The city of Naples in the Campania region is famous for Neopolitan Pizza, that tasty, thin crust pizza that is baked in a super hot oven for a short period of time. While locally the pizza is paired with beer, you could pair a pizza with tomato-based sauce and meat with a wine made from Aglianico grapes. The salt and acidity of the tomato sauce will help soften and balance this wine even more. At City Cellars, we particularly love the Sannio Aglianico from the Cantina di Solopaca vineyard, an hour north of Naples.