Kokopelli Winery and Bistro is saluting all Italian Americans at an upcoming festival.
On January 25 to 27, the festival will include Italian food and desserts co-created this year with Kokopelli's chef and the executive chef of Crust Pizza & Wine of Scottsdale & Phoenix, special Kokopelli Italian wine tasting, live Italian music all weekend, and bocce ball indoors for fun.
Kokopelli will introduce some of their new Italian inspired wines which they will feature for tasting all weekend.
Dennis Minchella, Kokopelli's owner, learned to cook from his Italian-born grandmother Josephine, which helped to inspire many of the weekend's dishes. But for a new twist this year, Dennis contacted his friend Michael Merendino of Crust Pizza & Wine who agreed to show off some of his incredible Italian dishes.
Some of the entrees will include lasagna, Michelangelo pasta, chicken or veal marsala, chicken parmesan and antipasto, and Mediterranean salads.
The desert menu will feature cannoli ala Sinatra and coliseum chocolate cake, and Italian cookies and cream.
They will also have live bands and accordion players rendering Italian tunes all weekend.