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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Lunch @ Della Nonna

Paalo needs to answer the call of the wood-fired pizza so we've headed back to Della Nonna.

For starters:

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Plate of Veneto Salami

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Chilli and Garlic School Prawns with rocket and lemon



For Mains:

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Pizza with cherry tomatoes, white sicilian anchovies, olive paste and basil

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It's a big call but this pizza now gets the title of "our favourite pizza since Italy". It has that ideal combination of wafer thin pliable crust with just the right amount of topping - those white anchovies are particularly impressive

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Risotto with Chicken, Chicory and Camembert

Risotto is one of those dishes that even though I love, I tend not to order as it come out resembling fried rice. Just like "al dente" has moved to mean undercooked pasta, risotto is served as hard dry rice maybe with cream or the like added (shock horror).

Risotto should be like this one, creamy but with just some texture remaining in the rice. A great combination, earthiness from the camembert, restrained bitterness from the chicory all cradled in a great creamy risotto.

Onto dessert:


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Paalo orders the Blueberry and White Chocolate Tart

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while I enjoy the Calzone with nutella and roasted hazelnuts

This is hazelnut lovers heaven.


The details:

Della Nonna
844 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Phone: 9819 6444

Open:

Lunch:
Wednesday - Saturday Noon-2.30pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday 6pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 6pm - 10.30pm

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