Local Italian restaurant takes diners in a new direction

Talk about a restaurant expanding its horizons.

Palermo's Restaurant at 2667 S. Dixie Drive will ignore those pesky European borders and will take a detour to the east by offering Albanian specialties paired with wines from Moldova and Armenia this Saturday, April 15.

The special offering and wine pairing represent a tribute by Palermo’s founder Mefail “Meef” Demnika to the dishes of his youth, growing up in the former Yugoslavia.

More special offerings will return on upcoming Saturdays. Those specials also will be paired with a rotating selection of Mediterranean and Eastern European wines, which will be available in sample flights, according to Brandon Snell, founder of Soroca Imports, which brings the wines to the local market.

This Saturday’s food special, which will be available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., will include:

• Burek: a soft and rich pasty filled with potatoes;

• Shashlik: a seasoned chicken and vegetable skewer;

• Qofte: a rustic and traditional rich Albanian sausage;

• Pite: a thin layered pastry filled with cheese, spinach, and scallions; and

• an Albanian dessert.

The cost of the sampler-platter-style dish will be $15.

The wine flight will include the following:

• Tenuta Roveglia Lugana Limne (100% Trebiano) from Lugana, Italy

• 6100 TRINITY (100% Areni Noir) from Armenia

• Vinaria Din Vale (100% Feteasca Neagra, an indigenous Moldovan red-grape varietal) Republic of Moldova

• Indivdio (42% Rara Neagra, 30% Malbec, 28% Syrah) Republic of Moldova

The wine flight will cost $12.

For more information, call the restaurant at (937) 299-8888.

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