Feature Month – Lazio
Influenced by some of our favourite regions, each month we highlight a favourite dish, drink and wine plus what inspires us in music, fashion and art.
Vermouth from the Jerry Thomas Project Speakeasy Group
Professor Jerry Thomas is one of the fore fathers of mixology, responsible for drinks such as the blue blazer and the Martinez (which is widely regarded as the precursor to the martini). His name is also the source of the name of a popular cartoon called Tom and Jerry.
Despite Jerry being American, he operates one of the top 50 bars in the world right in the heart of Rome called the Jerry Thomas project. These guys are responsible for the production of the Del Professore range of Vermouths. They have a Bianco and a Rosso which are some of the best in the market.
The base wines are Moscato from Piedmont, they are fortified to about 18 percent and infused with 13 different herbs and spices. The sweet Bianco is released with prime youthfulness and exuberance while the Rosso has seen extended time in old barrels, adding layers of texture and complexity, with a rustic tone to the fruit.
Bianco – Serve over ice with a lemon garnish
Rosso – Serve over ice with an orange slice
2016 Mario Maciocca Cesanese_Lazio
Mario Macciocca is an exciting young winemaker located an hour south of Rome. The vineyards are situated on unique volcanic soils that have been farmed since Roman times.
Cesanese is a medium-bodied indigenous varietal of Lazio that despite its lack of fame is fantastic drinking.
The Monocromo Rosso is farmed bio-dynamically and is preservative free.
Sedanini Cacio Pepe
Cacio e Pepe is a dish that comes from a simple, peasant past. A time when most families had some sheep to produce milk and therefore cheese. It has only three ingredients; Pecorino Romano; Black Pepper & Pasta. It represents a dish of purity and true simplicity. There’s nowhere to hide. Still nowadays Cacio e Pepe remains one of the greatest pasta dishes and a true icon of the food culture in Lazio.
Le Freakiest of them all, Nile Rogers, is the bassline – or actually guitarist – of some of the most enduring music of our time. The American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist’s influence is immeasurable. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic. He’s also collaborated with everyone from David Bowie to Daft Punk and his autobiography, Le Freak, is essential reading for anyone wanting to know about his life or a few decades of disco!
New Romanticism was born in the early 1980s in the nightclub scene in London and Birmingham including clubs like the famous Billy’s, Blitz and St. Morirtz.
Flamboyant, colourful, theatrical period costumes, dramatic and eccentric looks gained lots of attention. It was certainly a time of experimentation and the era of confused genders with guys wearing lipstick and eyeliner and career woman dressing in shoulder pads and trouser suits.
The most famous look of this period was created by Vivienne Westwood inspired by 16th century pirates and buccaneers with hussar jackets, frilly shirts, hair braids and leather trousers of which 80s pop icon Adam Ant was renowned for.
Late Night Pizza + Disco