#RidgeSomms: I Cover The Waterfront

How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977?

How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977?

How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977?


Michael Torino said it, and I haven’t forgotten it.

We were discussing Strega Waterfront, in the Seaport District of Boston, and I asked him about the Ridge presence on the Strega winelist.

And Michael Torino said: How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977?

And I said, yes!


Bruno Marini, the very esteemed General Manager & Wine Director of Strega Waterfront, is coming to #RidgeSomms, and thus, I Cover The Waterfront.


If you know Boston’s food & wine scene, you know Bruno Marini. And if you love Boston’s food & wine scene, you love Bruno Marini. Because he’s been an integral part of a great many restaurants that you love. The Federalist, Ambrosia on Huntington, Biba, Pignoli, Davios, and more.

And then along came Nick Varano, and Strega Waterfront. An opportunity unlike any other. Cue Bruno Marini.

Bruno Bio Photo

Bruno Marini, General Manager & Wine Director, Strega Waterfront

Cue a wine list 1200 selections strong, and a 10,000-bottle cellar.

Cue delicious.

Cue success.

Cue Bruno Marini.

How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977?


In a previous post on another of our cherished #RidgeSomms guests (June Rodil, profiled here), I wrote in praise of homegrown talent, and of my appreciation for the extent to which local boys and girls are growing up to be local somms and chefs and retaurateurs.

Bruno Marini has been in Massachusetts restaurants for over 20 years.

Bruno Marini was born in Newton, Massachusetts.

Frank Sinatra sang:

I cover the waterfront
I’m watching the sea
Will the one I love be coming back to me?

Frank, when she comes, take her to Strega.

Ask for Bruno.


When I talk restaurants with Michael Torino, this is my favorite question: If you went to dinner there, what would you order?

Why do I like this question? Because I like the way Mr. Torino does his job. He’s no Ivory Tower RSM (click here for RSM definition!), nor are his passions disingenuous; if he’s building a relationship with a restaurant, he’s eating at the restaurant. He’s meeting, greeting, tasting, and talking; he’s glass in the left, and he’s fork in the right.

So I asked him, if you went to dinner at Strega Waterfront, what would you order?

PAPPARDELLE EMILIANA (Homemade pasta served with tenderloin meat sauce and porcini mushrooms)
COSTATA RIPIENA – 20 oz. veal chop stuffed with prosciutto Fontina cheese in white wine demi-glaze

How about a Monte Bello vertical going back to 1977?



How about something called a “Floating Wine Wall?”

I don’t even know what this is!

But when Michael described to me his first dinner at Strega Waterfront, he said:

“The private room we were in that afternoon is surrounded by a ‘floating’ wine wall; really incredible.”

I don’t know what that is, but I wish to be another brick in it.


If you too wish to Cover The Waterfront, go social, and dig Bruno & Co. on Facebook & Twitter. Here’s how:



And with that, we invite you to join Bruno Marini, Michael Torino, and all the other luminaries that make up the cast of #RidgeSomms, for an extraordinary two days of all things Ridge, and wine, and food, and Ridge!




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May 20th & 21st, 2013



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