Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Narcisi Winery: It’s like having a little piece of Italy, right in your backyard

Two days ago, several of us from the Primetime Center took a little road trip to Gibsonia, roughly 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh—and home to the Narcisi Winery.  The weather could not have been more perfect, around 60F and not a cloud in the sky.

It’s a family owned business, and the buildings (restaurant, winery, ampitheater, assorted gazebos & grape arbors) made it feel like we’d arrived in Italy.  It was beautiful.

Based on reviews I read online, I was all set to order the Roasted Eggplant Parmigiana; but once we were seated, I wound up eating half the warm bread at our table and was carb’d out.  (It was delicious, served with olive oil, parmesan cheese & crushed red pepper for dipping—I think we went through 3 loaves!)

The server recommended I try one of their dinner salads, and said their steak salad got high praise.  I said I had difficulty with most steaks because of a jaw dysfunction, but she told me it was very tender, a cut between a ribeye and filet mignon, and the chef would cook it special.  I said okay.

Hands down, it was the best meal I’ve had this year.  And probably the best steak salad I’ve eaten in my lifetime. 

Afterwards, a few of us did some wine tasting at the taster’s bar, and the sommelier was so kind finding me a wine I enjoyed, I wound up buying a bottle to take home.

Here’s a couple pics of our outing: 

My friend Evvie & myself, waiting for our food to arrive and doing what we do best (chatting and noshing)

This isn’t a great picture of Geri, but I wanted to include everything behind her—a tremendous stone fireplace and tapestries of Italy that adorned the stucco walls
Here’s that steak salad I talked about earlier, the greens were delicious in a peppery garlic marinade. It was pretty much perfection
After our meal and after the wine tasting, we went outside to explore the grounds.  Do you remember that scene in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ where the kids and their parents are let loose in the factory, licking fruit-flavored walls and eating candy flowers and such?

I was reminded of that here, with half the seniors in our group exploring the arbors, stuffing their mouths and purses with grapes!

And finally, here’s that bottle of wine I brought home.  Given current events, I may open it this weekend, and do some reflecting.  Stay safe, everyone.

28 comments:

  1. You are a changed man from last year, you gad-about! I've never heard of this winery, but it sounds like a good time.

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    1. Haha thanks Debby--I never heard of the winery either but it really was beautiful, I'm anxious to go back. :^)

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  2. Terrific and absolutely wonderful. I just love it - the ambience, the beauty, everything.

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    1. Thanks so much Gigi- - coming from an experienced reviewer like yourself, this meant a lot! 😊

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  3. What a wonderful place... lovely grounds, good food, and kind people! You are having some great adventures, Dug. Thanks for sharing them with us. We're hoping to see the eclipse here in a little while... if it's not too overcast.

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    1. Thanks Rian! I have had a few fun adventures lately, I feel very fortunate. But darn it, I'd like to see the eclipse too and there's no way we'll get to, we're drowning in rain this weekend!

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  4. It sounds like a wonderful visit to the winery. Good food, good friends, and great ambience!

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    1. Thank you Maebeme, that sums it up pretty well! It really was a lovely place though, I'm pretty anxious to go back. πŸ™‚

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  5. Not being a wine person, at first I thought the place wasn't for me. But after your review, I can see I'd really love it there for the food and for the surroundings. The steak salad choice you made was brilliant!!! Oh, and that warm bread with the dipping?! Heavenly! It's going to be hard for you to top that outing! (But fun trying.)

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    1. Florence, I always look forward to your comments! Thank you and I'll be honest with you I don't want to talk this place, haha. I want to go back! It's funny, I had a feeling you'd like this place.. πŸ™‚

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  6. What a wonderful adventure, with lots of surprises to enjoy and appreciate. I have had that same experience of filling up too much on bread. That was a delightful fix with the salad. :-)

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    1. Thank you DJan, to be very honest you and Gigi are my main inspirations for these recent blogs. I'm hoping to make this place like one of your repeat late visits. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Hi Doug, aarrrgggg, this is the third time I have written this! Anyway, I have been thinking of you and wondering what incredible adventures you had this week. This is one of the top ones I think. Such a beautiful place. Love the photo of you and Evvie. A friend has been visiting this week and we have had gorgeous weather too.
    Take care Doug.❤️

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    1. Thank you very much Robin! I'm sorry you had trouble commenting, thanks for not giving up on me. I'm glad you liked this place so much I did too! And I hope you're enjoying your week with your friend, you have to tell me more about that sometime. Talk to you soon. πŸ™‚

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  8. I think you should come over to our new house with that wine!

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    1. Hey Danielle, well I guess it would make a good housewarming present! πŸ˜„

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  9. Touring the winery and then having a wonderful meal sounds terrific. Your steak salad looks outstanding.

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    1. Susan, thanks very much. This was my first Winery, and I hope it's my next one too. πŸ˜‰

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  10. That’s sounds pretty good; that steak salad looks good enough to eat. I’m not much of a steak man, although a fine piece of eye fillet never goes astray.
    I hadn’t realised that Pittsburgh has a winery close by. We are blessed with an abundance of riches when it comes to wineries in Melbourne – a couple of areas that really still suburbs: Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula both make fantastically good wines.

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    1. Thank you Peter, well we're no Melbourne or Italy or California, but we still have our share of stuff in these parts; I'm just glad I'm finally getting to learn about some of them. And yes that steak salad was exceptional! πŸ˜‹πŸ‘

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  11. Only one bottle?

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    1. Haha-- that wine I sampled at the wine tasters bar was the first drink I've had in about 10 years! πŸ˜„

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  12. Wine and wineries aren't my thing, but it looks like you all had a great day out.

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    1. Thank you River, I don't drink wine either but it got me out of the house πŸ™‚

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  13. Looks like a great place. I like the juxtaposition of the wine bottle and the coffee maker -- both two things you need in a pinch!

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    1. Thanks Tom! Well, for now the coffeemaker will have to do--I forgot that I don't own a corkscrew :^)~

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  14. Your wonderful experience makes me wish I liked wine! I love how much you're getting out and what interesting experiences you're having. That's what life is all about, Doug!

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    1. Thank you Margaret, I'm trying! πŸ™‚ I take it you're back from your trip with John? I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

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