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Càpeo (Little Rock) celebrates 6 years with the wines of Vias Imports

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On Tuesday night, Mosaic Wine Group and Ristorante Càpeo celebrated the award-winning Little Rock restaurant’s 6th anniversary with the wines of Vias Imports.

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Chef Lesley Bracely’s timpano was a symphony of flavor.

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Produttori del Barbaresco (Piedmont) with delicious, tender braised rabbit. Guests also enjoyed Maso Poli Pinot Grigio (Trentino), Terredora Greco di Tufo (Campania), Cantele Primitivo (Puglia), Terredora Aglianico (Campania), and Marenco Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont).

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Owner Brian Isaac with “hostess with the mostess,” the lovely Rose Barnes.

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Susan Isaac (owner Eric Isaac’s better half) with Doretta and Jim Craig owners of Red Gate Liquor in Little Rock.

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The Crow family, who own 107 Liquor and Sherwood Beverage in Little Rock.

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Mosaic Wine Group’s Jeremy Parzen (standing) spoke to guests at the event.

Mosaic Wine Group and Vias Imports congratulate and applaud Ristorante Càpeo in Little Rock, Arkansas for its sixth year of authentic Italian cuisine and its outstanding fine Italian wine program. We were proud to present the excellent wines of Italy at this outstanding restaurant.

Upcoming events

Tuesday June 16

Celebrate the wines of Terredora
and Vias Imports
with winemaker Lucio Mastroberardino
at 360 Uno (Austin, TX)

For more info, click here.

Tuesday June 16

Capeo Ristorante
(Little Rock)
celebrates its 6th anniversary
with the wines of
Vias Imports

SOLD OUT!

To view menu, click here.

A Cajun hand brings the perfect touch to house-made pasta in Little Rock

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Above: Chef de cuisine Lesley Bracely (left) and waiter Jessica Cline at Ristorante Càpeo in Little Rock, where Cantele Primitivo is served by the glass.

Ristorante Càpeo
425 Main St
N Little Rock AR 72114
501-376-3463

Mosaic Wine Group was truly impressed by the deft hand of New Orleans-trained chef de cuisine Lesley Bracely, whose ravioli stuffed with veal paired beautifully the other night with a glass of food-friendly Cantele Primitivo at Ristorante Capeo in Little Rock, Arkansas. The handmade pasta for the ravioli was light but consistent, well seasoned, and perfectly cooked al dente, firm to the bite but pillowy in mouthfeel.

Executive chef and co-owner Eric Isaac received his training in Costigliole d’Asti, Italy, where he was the valedictorian of his class at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners. Upon graduation, he apprenticed at one of the most celebrated restaurants of the Italian riviera, Cà Peo — the inspiration for the restaurant he opened in 2002 with his brother Brian.

Winners of countless accolades, the Isaac brothers have cooked at the James Beard House in New York and their world-class cuisine is widely considered one of the best kitchens in the South.

Mosaic Wine Group is looking forward to visiting Càpeo this summer and the promise of some of Brian’s Arkansas tomatoes!

Italy and Japan: a love affair

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Sushi Cafe
5823 Kavanaugh Blvd
Little Rock AR 72207
501-663-9888‎

Yesterday found Mosaic Wine Group in Little Rock Arkansas, where it enjoyed excellent sushi and a glass of Maso Poli 2007 Pinot Grigio at Sushi Cafe. Many call owner Robert Tju’s restaurant “the best sushi in Little Rock.” His menu features a traditional Japanese cuisine as well a variety of classic American and Japanese fusion dishes.

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Every one of the whites on Robert’s list are served by the glass. The bright acidity of Maso Poli’s Pinot Grigio paired beautifully with the spiciness of the wasabi, while its structure and elegance — the result of barrel fermentation and a stirring of the lees (batonnage) — drew out the luscious fatty flavors of the raw fish. A match made in heaven…

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One of Robert’s signature fusion dishes is the irresistible Kobe Hot Dog: “all natural grilled Kobe Hot Dog served with sautéed onioins, red bell peppers, and sweet potato fries.” Let’s make it clear. Mosaic Wine Group has one and only one thing to say about this: Y-U-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M-M!!!

And now time for juicy trivia…

benedettaOne of the most famous love triangles in 1930s Italy was between poet F.T. Marinetti, his beautiful wife Benedetta Cappa (left), and Japanese ambassador Shirokuro Hidaka. You learn the strangest things reading the Mosaic Wine Group blog, don’t you?