Duck in an Italian Restaurant? You Betcha!


Good morning friends of Sam Bucco! Hope you're having a great week. We're excited about a beautiful weekend ahead as we move into the third segment of March.

It's been a really good first season for us, and we want to thank all of you who have supported us through our first five months of ownership. We know our winter guests probably aren't heading North just yet, but in case you're starting to think about heading back for Easter, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and wish you all the best until we meet again at the end of the year. In the meantime, be sure to stop in another time or two (or more!) to see us before you go.

One other thing, our following on Facebook continues to grow. If you haven't yet, like our Facebook page - we're regularly giving away gift cards and other fun items to Facebook followers. Click this Link and Like and Follow our page!

With that said, we're excited to talk about one of our favorite items from the menu this week:

Roasted Duck Grand Marnier

Someone asked me the other day, “What is your favorite dish here?” I thought, man, that’s a hard one to answer. Not because I own the restaurant but because I truly do LOVE our food.

People that know me know I’m a junkie for Veal or Chicken Parmigiana, but if I could only eat one thing on our menu, I answered “Our Duck Grand Marnier.” The gentleman I was talking to was surprised. “Really” he said, “You wouldn’t think duck at an Italian Restaurant.”

I explained to him that, like French restaurants, most fine Italian restaurants feature duck as well. As a kid, my parents owned a restaurant in Marco Island and the Chef, a good friend to me still, helped me fall in love with it. He even came into Sam Bucco and showed our Chef how he used to make it 30+ years ago!

With that wisdom and experience passed on we have a truly fantastic dish in our Duck Grand Marnier. We serve a semi-boneless half duck, roasted just long enough that the skin gets nice and crispy but the meat stays nice and juicy. Our duck is delectable. It is paired with a homemade Apricot Grand Marnier Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes and Vegetable of the Day.

Give it a try tonight! You won’t be disappointed.

Featured Wine

Stefano Accordini Valpolicella Superior Ripasso DOC

This is probably not a wine most of you are familiar with. You’ve probably heard of, or tried, Valpolicella in a favorite pizza place or casual Italian restaurant. Most are fairly, well, blah. But if you’ve never tried a nice Ripasso you don’t know what you are missing.

With the Accordini Ripasso, “once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the Valpolicella Classico is blended with marcs of Amarone grapes. This triggers a second fermentation process which creates the colour, sugars and aromatic components typical of this distinguished wine. This blend is then aged 12 months in tonneaux where it will undergo a malolactic fermentation, becoming a wine with a unique and unmistakable character.”

Huh? Okay, that’s from their website. In simpler words, the Valpolicella grapes are blended with the “Big Boy” Amarone grapes which create a much deeper wine than your normal everyday Valpolicella.

I would compare this wine to a really nice full-bodied Pinot Noir. At $48 dollars it’s affordable enough to have a second bottle once you fall in love. Like any nice wine it tastes better once it’s “opened up” so order it right away, have a cocktail or beer and then enjoy 20-30 minutes later.

See you soon at The Bistro!

Wine Specs

Verona Valpolicella Classico – 14% Alcohol - Corvina Veronese 60% / Corvinone 15% / Rondinella 20% / Molinara 5%

For reservations, call (239) 592-6050 or click here here to book your table.

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