Noodles with lobster and lime zest, Nino Franco at Babbo, Mayfair

Nino Franco prosecco at Babbo, Mayfair, dinner

Menu from a dinner at Babbo Restaurant in Mayfair with Nino Franco Prosecco to sample some Italian food matched with the wine (rough English translations bold and in brackets):

Tagliere di bresaola Chianina (Platter of Chianina bresaola)

Zucchini fritti (Fried courgette)


Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rustico

Carpaccio di tonno (Tuna carpaccio)

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut

Con crema de melanzane e indivia (With cream of aubergine and endives)

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Primo Franco 2012

Tagliolini al aragosta e scorza di lime (Noodles with lobster and lime zest)

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Vigneto Della Riva Di San Floriano 2010

Rombo con purea di polenta affumicata, carciofini e romanesco (Turbot with mashed smoked polenta, artichokes and romanesco)

Grave di Stecca Brut 2010


Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze 2012


Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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