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Festive food & wine tales- the ultimate Italian Christmas battle between Francesco Mazzei and Luca Dusi

Celebrated chef Francesco Mazzei is once again teaming up with his long-time friend Luca Dusi, of Passione Vino, for the second in their series of culinary events to celebrate their home nation of Italy.   

Returning for a festive edition, Festive Food & Wine Tales will kick off on Wednesday 8th December at 7pm at Francesco’s trattoria Radici in Islington. Tickets are £75 per person and include a menu of canapés followed by three courses and accompanying wines. The interactive event will have guests vote after each course and wine pairing. The winning dish and wine, which will be announced at the end of the dinner, will then be featured on Radici’s specials board for the month.  

Each event sees the duo showcase a particular region in Italy and both show off their expert skills – Francesco cooking up a storm versus Luca heading up the wine. Guests decide on the night which Italian maestro’s region wins – North or South.   

Wednesday 8th December, 7pm  

To book:  

Tickets: £75 per person (includes canapés, three courses and wine pairings)  

Address: 30 Almeida St, London N1 1AD  

About Francesco Mazzei:    

Calabrian born Francesco Mazzei was raised with a passion for food, often in the family kitchen baking bread and making pasta with his nonna and mamma. He has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Europe including The Dorchester, Mayfair and Michelin-starred Eden Terazza in Rome. He is a regular feature on BBC shows including Saturday Kitchen and this year competed with Denise Van Outen on ITV’s Cooking with the Stars. Mazzei is chef patron of three London restaurants; Sartoria, fine dining in Mayfair; Fiume, a taste of the Italian Riviera in Battersea and Radici, a cosy trattoria in Islington. 

About Luca Dusi: 

Born in Verona, Luca Dusi learnt to drink and understand local wines from a very young age, gaining a deep-rooted understanding from his father who had a smallholding producing wine. A Londoner since 1995, Luca started his wine importing business, Passione Vino, in 2003.  He specialises in importing wines from his native country to the UK, focusing on wine from small artisan producers. Now he supplies many of London’s top restaurants and has worked alongside top chefs such as Angela Harnett, Mark Hix, Giorgio Locatelli and Francesco Mazzei.  

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