For this spectacular dinner The Weston Supper Club, hosted by food writer and MasterChef critic William Sitwell, is teaming up with Danilo Cortellini - chef at the Italian Embassy in London - and Pasta Evangelists, the UK's top rated pasta delivery company. From delicious canapes to delicate pastries this six-course extravaganza will showcase the best of Italian food matched with exquisite wines from that country.
Originally from Abruzzo, a small region rich in culinary tradition, Danilo travelled throughout Italy gaining experience with industry icons such as Giovanni Rana and at two Michelin-starred restaurants San Domenico in Imola and Perbellini in Isola Rizza. He arrived in London in 2010 and jumped straight into challenging roles at three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and Knightsbridge’s Zafferano before being offered the position of Head Chef at the Italian Embassy. In 2015 he was a memorable contestant on MasterChef: The Professionals.
In 2016, Danilo published his first recipe book, 4 Grosvenor Square: The Menu of the Italian Embassy in London. In addition to his time spent working in the embassy, Danilo is also the founder of Danilo Cortellini Catering Services. The company caters for every occasion, from large-scale corporate catering to private events in the comfort of the client’s home.
This dinner is also a collaboration with Pasta Evangelists. The company delivers restaurant-quality pasta to homes across the UK, as well as beautiful sauces and garnishes sourced from Italy. Customers then prepare a five star pasta dish in just 5 minutes, impressing friends and delighting family.
The menu for this Italian special comes with wine specially selected by Nik Darlington of Red Squirrel as well as exquisite and quenching still Acqua Panna and sparkling San Pellegrino waters.
The evening starts with drinks and canapes at 7pm - in the Topiary Garden or Drawing Room, depending on the weather. Dinner starts at 7.30pm sharp.
Mini aubergine burger
Marinated Sicilian red prawns with burrata mousse
Lemon Ricotta croquettes
Ca’ di Rajo Prosecco Frizzante Tappo Spago NV - An intensely fragrant, food friendly Prosecco
On the table
Homemade grissini and focacciaRisotto with broad beans, spring onions, courgette flowers and candied lemon zest Agnolotti "Cacio e Pepe"
Beef cheeks "alla pizzaiola" with seasonal wild greens
Caprese cake with vanilla pannacotta, strawberries and basil (showcased on Masterchef)
Cantina Orsogna Passerina 2016- Passerina (which means “little sparrow”) is a rarely sighted grape endemic to eastern Italy
Tocco Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2016 - This is pitch perfect Monty, or Montepulciano, from a small organic family farm in Abruzzo.
Chocolate baci di dama
Cà ed Balos Passito Doré NV - A delectable, sweet Moscato to round things off, from an organic producer in Piemonte
Please email if you would like the vegetarian options. Please also email if you have any other dietary requirements: email@example.com
THE DINNER ENDS AT 10.30PM. PLEASE RESPECT THE HOUSE AND HOST BY VACATING WESTON HALL BY 11PM
If this event is shown as sold out please email the host to ask if you can be accommodated
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is parking at the front of the house. Entrance for cars is via open gates and lodge on Plumpton Road. Postcode NN12 8PU will bring you into the village. Note the entrance for cars is not via the gates opposite the village green, but via the lodge on Plumpton Road.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
What are the seating arrangements:
Seats are allocated by the host. Otherwise you can request a table of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 16 which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
What's the refund policy?
There are no refunds
Where can I stay?
There are comfortable and beautiful rooms at Weston Hall - a selection of bedrooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms - available to book direct with the organiser. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 16th century Crown Inn in the village of Weston also has fabulous rooms.