Taste the influence of Italian cuisine and wine on the Australian dining psyche. From the genesis of Italian cuisine in Australia post World War II immigration, this five-course dinner will journey through the decades exploring the ingredients, dishes and wines that have found their way onto our tables and into our glasses.The Retro Italian Dinner, part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, was hosted by Church Street Enoteca.
They certainly managed to get the retro feel going with those red check tablecloths and jars of Kraft Parmesan.
As we waiting to begin the dinner we enjoyed Christmont LaZona Prosecco and the following bites:
Caprese - Salad of heirloom tomatoes, white anchovies, fior di latte and 30 year old balsamic, baby basil, Yellingbo extra virgin olive oil
Salami sandwich - mini panino filled with hand made Calabrese salami
Fried Whitebait in Newspaper
My version - Fratelli Galloni Prosciutto, torn basil, broken egg, bocconcini
Served with: 2008 Chrismont LaZona Arneis
As with all the food this evening, it is served family style, large platters meant for sharing. A simple pizza but bursting with flavour.
I know garlic bread is twee but gosh it does taste good!
Fresh pasta sheets, ragu of pork, veal and pancetta, peas, reggiano
Served with: 2008 Chrismont LaZona Pinot Grigio
This is a Sicilian style lasagne, quite fresh and light.
Corn-fed Glenloth chicken pieces cooked in fresh tomato passata with black olives
Served with: 2005 Chrismont LaZona Barbera 2005
A simple green leaf salad was served alongside this dish.
After dessert we enjoyed chilled glasses of Limoncello di Capri followed by coffee and biscotti.
Church St Enoteca
527 Church Street, Richmond
Phone: 9428 7898
Lunch: Monday-Friday 12-3pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 6pm to late