La Casa Narcisi is a beautiful winery in Gibsonia that's more than just a tasting room.
It's more like an estate, complete with a restaurant, outdoor seating area, picnic pavilion, and stages for concerts. In our opinion, there isn't much better than sitting on the patio on a warm summer night, listening to live music with a bottle of wine and a classic Italian meal.
Go to Narcisi Winery for the Wines, Stay for the Food
We have been to La Casa Narcisi several times, but until recently it was just to taste wines and buy bottles. On our last visit, we decided it would be a great idea to venture out for dinner on a night when they had live music.
As the restaurant doesn't take reservations, if you're going for dinner on a night when there's music it's best to get there early. We got there after the music had already started, and we had to put our name on the list and wait for about 45 minutes.
The wait didn't bother us much as we occupied ourselves by sampling some wines in the tasting room, buying a bottle, and drinking it on the patio area while we waited for our table.
A Solid Offering of Italian Fare
Soon we were seated and perusing the menu that consists of mostly standard Italian fare with a few house specialties. Appetizers include the likes of fried calamari, bruschetta, spinach and artichoke dip, and charcuterie.
The rest of the menu includes soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, grilled meats, and seafood dishes. There are several house specialties like seafood cannelloni, lasagna, and chicken marsala.
The place was packed and the service was understandably a little slow, but soon we were digging in to the complementary bread and dipping oil. Now, this dipping oil isn't just any oil – it's got a beautiful red hue from the roasted red peppers which also give it a hint of sweetness. There's plenty of garlic in there, too, meaning this is the most addicting dipping oil you will ever taste.
Good news- they sell it by the bottle to take home!
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We ordered another bottle of wine to enjoy with our meal. The best part? They don't charge corkage fees for consuming their wine on the premises, and the bottle prices are the same as in the tasting room.
For our entrees, we tried a few different seafood dishes. I opted for the blackened scallop pasta which had perfectly cooked scallops that had a nice sear on the outside and were juicy on the inside. The pasta sauce was a gorgonzola cream sauce with artichokes, tomatoes, and spinach.
Overall we liked this dish but would have loved a few more scallops than the four that were on the plate.
Jeremy ordered the seafood cannelloni which was stuffed with crab, lobster, shrimp, spinach, and ricotta, and was topped with a sherry cream sauce. The seafood flavors were mild and we couldn't really distinguish the different types that were in it, but it was still a pretty good choice.
Although the food is good, it's probably not what you will remember most about Casa Narcisi. Instead, if you come in the summer for live music, you will remember the beautiful grounds, good entertainment, delicious wine, and perhaps even a feeling of being transported from western PA to an Italian villa.
Casa Narcisi Winery is located at 4578 Gibsonia Road in Gibsonia, PA.
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