The JW Marriot is a new, modern and very cool hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Inside there are a few options for entertainment that you should partake in whether you are staying at this swanky joint or not. The sports bar, High Velocity, and outdoor restaurant bar, Tavern on the Plaza, and last but not least, the contemporary Italian restaurant headed by Chef Baglio, Osteria Pronto. This place is getting it done, right? A great place to go for a nice night out on the town in Indy.
Osteria Pronto is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This was our first visit to the restaurant and we were led through the restaurant with it's sea of tables and it's upscale, but causal feel into a back room where we were greeted and ushered in to begin drinking and eating.
The Food & Beverage
Okay...so there was a LOT of food and even MORE wine during this particular even, so I'm going to try to separate it out into courses so it's clear.
As I mentioned, we were ushered into a room with cocktail tables and served a glass of 2010 Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc accompanied by Escargot (yes, snails), served on a baguette with pesto and mushrooms. The wine was super tasty and a great start. You can't go wrong with walking into a room and immediately having a nice adult beverage in hand, can you?!? It was very fruity and acidic and complemented the salty escargot well. I don't know about you, but escargot is not one of those foods I eat very often. In fact, I think I have only had it one other time maybe 10 years ago. But, when in Rome...I did it. All in the name of food blogging, just for you!!! It was actually really quite good with the wine. Very nice flavors, the escargot was not as chewy as I remembered. After about 10-15 minutes of hanging and enjoying our wine, we were seated in another room complete with tables set with place cards.
The tables were very pretty, clean and crisp white linens and lots of glasses waiting to be filled with wine. A little bread basket was the centerpiece.
This course began with the Eroica Reisling (2009). Exactly what I love about a wine pairing, if it were up to me, I'd have Pinot Noir with everything and call it a day. But, it's really awesome to have someone THINK about the wine you are drinking and try to pair that with something that brings out the flavors of the wine and the food all at the same time. It helps me broaden my wine horizons and step outside of my box.
Yep, seriously, there's ANOTHER course...and that's not even it. Beginning this course were TWO wines! These were not skimp bottles of wine either, friends. This course brought some reds into the mix, Col Solare (2006) and Ethos Cabernet (2006).
Course 5 - The dessert
Strangely enough, this was the same dessert we had at Recess a few weeks ago, and I have never had it prior to that! We were served yet another wine (best dinner event ever!!!), the Domaine Ste Michelle, Luxe (2004). This wine was a sparkling white wine and is apparently very difficult to make. Going back and forth from the wine to our dessert was stellar. One bite, one drink...mmmmmm.
Sometimes I wonder why I even do a wrap up?! I think it's pretty obvious that I am overly stoked about this place...probably annoyingly so, I know :) I apologize, but I think the wrap might be necessary to discuss Osteria Pronto in general. I think that our experience here might be a little bit different from an experience at the restaurant ordering from the regular menu. Now, I haven't heard anything but good things about the restaurant AND Chef Baglio is still the head chef. I am very, very excited about going back and recommending for you to go and give me some feedback about your experience here. ALSO, this was their second wine dinner, so if it seems like something you might be interested in trying out, check out their specials (on the website). They are actually hosting a Sun King Brewers Dinner on August 2nd for around $50.00 per person. From what I've seen, they do it right, and it would definitely be an event worth trying!
Thank you to Adrienne Bailey for inviting us to this event! We had so much fun.
|Chateau Ste Michelle Winemaker, Wendy Stuckey and myself|
|The wine setup at the event|