Ever since it opened in 1994, I Trulli Enoteca e Ristorante in Manhattan has been at the forefront of the Italian wine renaissance in the U.S.
Long before the New York restaurant scene was dominated — overwhelmed, really — by high-profile, high-concept Italian and pseudo-Italian dining destinations, owner and founder Nicola Marzovilla had embraced an all-Italian wine program with the same gusto and ambition that has helped to make I Trulli one of the most beloved fine-dining establishments in the city.
Nicola was among the first to champion southern Italian wine and he was arguably the first restaurateur to introduce the enoteca/wine bar concept to New Yorkers. In 1994 — for those who can remember that far back in restaurant years — the term trattoria, for example, was just becoming popular in Italian restaurants in the U.S. The expression “wine bar” didn’t even really exist back then.
As the Italian wine movement began to take shape in the late 1990s, Nicola began to amass what is considered one of the greatest cellars of traditional-style Nebbiolo (Barolo and Barbaresco) and Sangiovese (mostly Brunello) in the U.S. today.
Currently, his award-winning list features a spectacular vertical of Brunello di Montalcino by the Fattoria dei Barbi, including 65, 70, 71, 75, 77, 79, 79, 80, 82, 90, and 95, among others.
Fattoria di Barbi is proud to be represented so robustly on this iconic world-class wine list by one of the great pioneers and champions of Italian wine in the U.S.