Federal Hill’s Massimo Restaurant Announces Monthly Wine Dinner Series
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Massimo Restaurant on Federal Hill has announced a new monthly wine dinner series.
The February dinner is set for February 24 at 7 p.m.
Each month’s wine dinner will feature a new Italian town or region with a four course menu, each course paired with wine.
The dinners will be hosted by food and wine director Cristiano Labia and a special guest from wineries.
The dinners will be priced at $49 exclusive of tax and gratuity.
The February dinner menu is as follows:
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