Recipes & Pairings

With their crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, Sicily’s wines are versatile when it comes to food pairing. In general, white wines are better with lighter-bodied foods and fresh cheeses, while reds pair naturally with richer dishes. That said, white wine lovers can rely on Grillo to complement the entire meal, from pasta to grilled white meats and goat cheese. And the go-to for red-wine lovers is Nero d’Avola, which matches with everything from antipasti to grilled meats.

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  • Filet with Tomato-Anchovy Sauce

Filet with Tomato-Anchovy Sauce

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Cooked to perfection, this gourmet filet is transformed with a tomato & anchovy sauce and pairs perfectly with a glass of Nero d’Avola from Sicilia DOC.


  • 4 6oz filets of beef
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced anchovy filets
  • 1 28 ounce can finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley


Heat the olive oil in a large 10 inch sauté pan on medium high. Season the filets with salt and pepper and sear the filets in the pan until browned and medium rare, about 5 minutes per side. Remove and set aside on a warm plate. Lower the heat to medium and add the shallots and stir for a minute. Add the garlic and anchovy and stir to dissolve. Add the tomatoes and raise the heat to bring the pan to a simmer and stir in the red wine vinegar. Cook until thickened and remove from the heat.

Spoon the sauce on a platter, and slice the filets and place on top of the sauce. Garnish with a pinch of parsley. Makes 4 servings.