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You don’t have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean for an event focused around Italian wines. For 13 years, a Main Street eatery has brought that wine to the Coastside for a small event that is big on flavor.

Pasta Moon hosts Vin Italy from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 8 in its creekside garden adjacent to the restaurant. Event organizer Teresa Maloney said she expects from 75 to 100 wines to be represented in the cozy location. And Cooking for Friends’ Richard Poncini will be on hand with roasted suckling pig to go with seasonal antipasti. The event is capped at 200 attendees and usually sells out.

It’s modeled on Vinitaly in Verona, Italy, which is an internationally known four-day extravaganza of food and drink.

Maloney said Pasta Moon adopted the idea as a celebration of the Italian wines.

“We invite all of our purveyors and they will be pouring wine and answering questions,” she said.

She said restaurant managers often learn a thing or two as well.

“This is a way for us to expand our wine list as well,” Maloney said.

To learn more or to buy a ticket, call 726-5125 or visit

Clay Lambert is the editorial director for Coastside News Group. After years working at regional daily newspapers, he began as editor of the Half Moon Bay Review in 2004.

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