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Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian earns Wine Spectator award for third consecutive year

Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian, a contemporary Italian restaurant in downtown Beloit, has been recognized for its outstanding wine list in Wine Spectator’s 2022 Restaurant Awards. The yearly program recognizes restaurants around the world whose wine lists offer interesting selections that are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

“Velvet Buffalo takes pride in providing our guests with the best tasting wines that perfectly complement our thoughtfully crafted dishes using fresh ingredients and handmade pastas,” said Dennis Fenrick, area director of restaurants for Geronimo Hospitality Group. “We’re proud to be recognized with this award and can’t wait to raise a glass to celebrate with our team and guests.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian has won the Award of Excellence three times. Winners of this award display a wine list with excellent breadth across multiple regions, showing a deep commitment to wine both in the cellar and through their service team.

Now that we’ve proven we have a great wine list, come in and taste our selection for yourself. Our wine list has more than 120 selections to choose from and is curated to complement every dish on our menu. Here are a few of our perfect pairings:

Whole Wheat Rye Pappardelle Bolognese with Varvaglione Papale Primitivo di Manduria Red Wine

We recommend pairing a middle-weight body red wine with tomato-based pasta dishes. Our whole wheat rye pappardelle bolognese takes house-made whole wheat egg noodles and combines them with a traditional bolognese sauce and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Have it with a glass of Varvaglione Papale Primitivo di Manduria which is an Italian red wine that has a round, smooth taste with fruity notes and an aromatic aftertaste.

Spring Green Ravioli with Benito Ferrara Greco Di Tufo White Wine

There aren’t many wines that don’t pair well with cheese. Try the house-made spring green ravioli, filled with cheese and watercress and served in a light lemon cream sauce with asparagus, fava beans, snap peas, mint and pecorino cheese. A light-bodied white wine perfectly complements the fresh vegetable and light sauce of this dish. Try it with Greco Di Tufo Benito Ferrara, well-balanced white wine with dry fruit, almonds and pleasant mineral notes for a refreshing complement to the pasta.

Gnocchi with Walnut Pesto & Gorgonzola Cream with Hook & Ladder Chardonnay

Gnocchi pairs well with full-bodied white wines. Our potato gnocchi is made fresh with a creamy gorgonzola sauce topped with bacon and grilled radicchio. Hook & Ladder’s Chardonny comes from Sonoma County, California and has a lovely golden straw color with citrus aromas and a notable freshness that provides a great finish.


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