Vino’s Wild Salmon Farfella is healthy and flavorful.
By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson
Vino is one of my favorite restaurants. It is also a neighborhood favorite in Mountain Brook’s English Village. But this well kept, tasty secret is getting out and bringing more and more patrons from outside the neighborhood.
The restaurant is locally owned and operated by Al and Becky Rabiee and focuses on fresh, healthy fare made with local and regional, seasonal ingredients. In addition to its dinner menu, Vino serves nightly specials. Tonight we taste both regular and special items. All are absolutely delicious. But if I have to pick my favorite it is the Salmon Farfella. We pair it with a bottle of Mumm Cuvee Napa Brut Prestige.
I only eat wild salmon, never farmed salmon. And this lovely, fresh, wild caught, pan seared salmon is cut into bite size pieces and mixed with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, capers and baby spinach. The protein and veggies are tossed with mini Farfella (bowtie) pasta in this colorful dish bursting with fresh flavors. A very light lemon, Pinot Grigio sauce adds Italian accents. And to top it off shaved Parmesan adds a final bite of Italy to this fulfilling dish.
magazine, January 2015