Dinner party at Pomodoro with Marianne Wines


A dinner party is defined as a social event where a small group of people are invited to have dinner together. To make a dinner party extra fabulous, there should be delicious gourmet food, a never ending supply of wine and good conversation.

Last month we attended a dinner party at Pomodoro with Marianne Wines and I can truly say, it was fabulous. The food was absolutely delicious. Marianne Wines ensured our glasses were always full and guests chatted away like old school friends.

Pomodoro hosts a dinner party like this once a month. If this was their first dinner party of the year, the rest of 2019 is looking good. I can’t wait for more of these fabulous dinner parties! You can like Pomodoro’s Facebook Page by clicking here if you would like to stay in the loop for all the upcoming dinner parties.


The food was paired with specially selected wines from Marianne Wines, which is a boutique winery based in Stellenbosch. What makes this wine so special and so sought after is that the winery combines South African power with French traditions. The end result is wines of the highest quality.

I must say, I have never tasted such powerful wines before and I cannot wait to visit the winery the next time I am in Cape Town.


I don’t quite know what stood out more, the wine or the food, but together it was just mesmerizing. Pomodoro is one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Johannesburg, and was even featured in a post titled The Best Italian Restaurants in Johannesburg. Stefano’s love and passion for cooking authentic Italian meals is evident in the dishes that comes out of the kitchen. The food is of the highest quality, using the freshest ingredients and to me, is authentic Italian. I did visit Italy last year, so I like to compare!

The dinner party started with welcome drinks and we were served Marianne Rose 2017.


Starters was a warm goat’s cheese crostino served on green leaves in a white wine vinaigrette. This was paired with Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2017. This starter was absolutely delicious. It was so delicious that I was tempted to order another one because I knew I would never have something so delicious again! The goats cheese was more like a brie in it’s texture but the taste was just something else!

First course was a home made egg pappardelle with a lamb ragu which was paired with Marianne Merlot 2013. This is possibly the best pasta dish I have had in ages! The lamb was so tender and just melt-in-your-mouth. It was made with extra garlic and the flavours were just magnificent! My favourite is lamb and paired with my other favourite which is pasta, so to this day, I still taste this dish in my mouth! It was *insert a thumbs up here*!

Main course was a grilled kudu loin with a balsamic and green pepper jus served with dauphinoise potatoes. This was served with Marianne Francois Pienaar Desirade 2015. I am not the biggest fan of game meat so this was not quite my favourite. Claude thoroughly enjoyed his dish and all the guests around me literally licked their plates clean … So what does that tell you?

Dessert was a mini omelet with ricotta cheese and wild berries with dark chocolate coulis. This was served with Marianne Floreal 2006. I’ve never had a dessert like this before but I devoured it in seconds because it was that good!

The next Pomodoro dinner party is on June 26 and it is with Domaine Des Dieux wines. You can read more about this event by clicking here.


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