But that transition hasn’t lessened the restaurant’s deep connections to the Petrone’s hometown of Decollatura in Calabria, the “toe” of the Italian peninsula. Petrone and Ferguson are set to celebrate those deep roots again this month as they host a winemakers dinner featuring Librandi winery on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30pm.
The winery, which is located in Cirò Marina, a small town in the southern Italian region of Calabria on the Ionian coastline, was founded in 1950 by Antonio and Nicodemo Librandi and is now operated by his two sons Paolo and Raffaele, his nephew Francesco and his niece Teresa (in photo above).
“To this day, the family remains faithful to the principles that inspired their forefathers: a great wine requires love and dedication to the land and its history,” Ferguson says. “The soil in that area is naturally suited for grape growing, and the geographic position, located between the sea and the Sila Mountains, guarantees an excellent balance between day and nighttime temperatures.”