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Fresh Starts Chef Events: A Taste of Tuscany with Canneti Roadhouse

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 The Key Room - 1385 N Hamilton Parkway, Novato CA  See map

Experience a taste of Tuscany with Chef Francesco Torre of Canneti Roadhouse Italiana in Forestville, where he offers a California perspective on dishes inspired by his homeland. He'll offer a three-course menu starring locally grown ingredients:

  • Ricotta and Mascarpone Dip with Chives and Rosemary Crisps
  • Potato and Chestnut Gnocchi with Pancetta, Porcini Mushrooms and Pecorino Cheese
  • Crispy Skin Rainbow Trout, Black Rice with Butternut Squash and Chick Pea Crepes

Before opening Canneti Roadhouse Italiana last March, Chef Francesco was the executive chef for Sausalito's Fish restaurant. His new eatery is named after a road near his parents' home in Italy.

Chef Francesco learned to cook watching his grandmother in Massa, a seaside town in Tuscany. He later moved to Il Bottaccio, a two-starred Michelin restaurant in Montignoso, then to the Badia e Coltibuono winery and cooking school outside Florence. He is a certified truffle expert and sommelier.

Falling in love with California during a visit, he became acquainted with Bill Foss of Fish and became executive chef for TraVigne in Saint Helena. He did a stint in New York, then later joined Fish as executive chef before stumbling on the building in Forestville where he opened Canneti Roadhouse. The evening will include wine pairings from Benziger Family Winery led by Ziggy the Wine Gal of KRSH Radio.

Chef Francesco describes his restaurant as a place where "everything recalls my rustic origins, everything is made to last," including a Carrara pastry countertop and hand-forged rotisserie/grill.

Thank you to Edible Marin & Wine Country magazine for co-sponsoring this event!

Tickets are $55, including dinner and wine pairings.  To purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/FSchefevents or call 415-382-3363 x243.

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