Nicky Sanders, Barrett Smith, and Mike Guggino
Trio Guggino
Italian Dinner Features
Jan 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC
Nicky Sanders and Mike Guggino ( Steep Canyon Rangers ) join Barrett Smith (Shannon Whitworth Band) for an evening of string music in the Isis Lounge. The music will be Italian themed and Chef Mike will match the mood with dinner features inspired by the foods and wines of the Tuscany Region. Free
Music : Genre: Acoustic,World
Trio Guggino | 7:30 PM
Three of the finest string instrument players in western North Carolina have joined forces to create original music with a distinct Italian flavor. The group, lead by Mike Guggino, consists of Nicky Sanders (Steep Canyon Rangers) on fiddle, Barrett Smith (Shannon Whitworth Band) on guitar and vocals, and Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers) on mandolin and vocals. Isis Chef Chris Jones will match the evening with Tuscany inspired food and wine pairing features.

The music found in the Italian mandolin repertoire offers a romantic, festive atmosphere that seems to carry with it the very essence of Italy. The dramatic trills and tremolos of the mandolin, accompanied by the soothing sounds of guitar and violin, create a sound that is sophisticated, fun, and thoroughly Italian. It is the musical representation of the passionate, happy, romantic spirit we associate with all things Italian.

The Guggino Trio has indulged in this musical world, mastering tasteful arrangements of the most popular songs from the Italian folk, art song, and operatic literature. They have also included in their repertoire many of the Italian-American songs popularized over the years by artists like Connie Francis. With mandolin, guitar, and violin, The Guggino Trio has brought its own interpretations and expressions of this wonderful music, while still preserving a spirit of utter authenticity.
Italian Dinner Features | 7:00 PM
Italian Evening Features


~ Braised pork check ravioli, toasted hazelnut cream, butternut sauash

~ Winter Salad (Insalata Inverno) hearty greens tossed with marinated onion, toasted walnut, apple, pear, and raisin bread, drizzled with walnut dressing

~ Anti pasta plate, cured meat, fresh cheese, pickles, olives, toast Charred Fennel, radicchio and citrus salad, hazelnut, micro arugula, blood orange vinaigrette


~ Risotto di Gamberi,Shrimp risotto infused with saffron, cognac and fennel Bolognese, Classic meat sauce of Bologna served over fresh pasta and grilled bread

~ Chicken or Eggplant Parmigiano, lightly fried, topped with marinara, mozzarella, parmigiano, served over fresh pasta and broccolini


~ Warm olive cake with lemon buttermilk panna cotta created by pastry chef Chris Bennett


~ Antonio Sanguineti Vermentino

~ Verso Rosso Salento Red Blend
Event Schedule

Italian Dinner Features

7:00 PM

Trio Guggino

7:30 PM