While visiting our daughter recently we had an alfresco lunch at a great Italian restaurant hidden in a strip shopping center. We stopped and starting looking at the menu trying to decide if this is where we wanted to have lunch. But then my wife saw something that sealed the deal: Corfinio’s is a Wine Spectator Award winner for its wine list.
We had a wonderful lunch and there was something on the menu for grandkids as well as adults who wanted something other than chicken parm.The fried artichokes were a
great choice for me, followed by a spicy pasta amatriciana. The kids had their pizza (I would have had the Montanara pizza with asparagus and speck, but they selected their tried and true cheese pizza with San Marzano DOP tomato sauce.)
The wine list was a welcome surprise in this isolated corner of the state and I can see why they received the WS Award of Excellence. 17 wines by the glass for lunch is not too shabby with selections from the Loire, Friuli, Picpoul, Germany, NY State, Sancerre, Piedmont, Chianti among the most unusual.
But the bottle wine list was impressive with some judicious choices to expose wine lovers to unheralded wine regions. There was a top albariño from Rias Baixas, a Catarratto from Sicily, a Chardonnay from Umbria, and a Vermentino/Viognier blend from Tuscany.
Owner Peter Kuplast also owns another restaurant in Mansfield, Cibo Matto. He’s a warm, interesting person who loves wine and pays attention to details. So if you’re ever in SE Massachusetts (not too far from Providence), I recommend that you try either Corfinio in Easton or Cibo Matto in Mansfield.