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Friday, March 13, 2009

Retro Italian Dinner

retro italian dinner© by Haalo

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.

retro italian dinner© by Haalo

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:

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Caprese - Salad of heirloom tomatoes, white anchovies, fior di latte and 30 year old balsamic, baby basil, Yellingbo extra virgin olive oil

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Salami sandwich - mini panino filled with hand made Calabrese salami

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Fried Whitebait in Newspaper

First Course:

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Aussie Pizza
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.


Second Course:

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Garlic Bread

I know garlic bread is twee but gosh it does taste good!

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Lasagne
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.

Main Course:

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Chicken Cacciatore
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.

Dolci:

retro italian dinner© by Haalo
Tiramisu

After dessert we enjoyed chilled glasses of Limoncello di Capri followed by coffee and biscotti.


The details:

Church St Enoteca
527 Church Street, Richmond

Phone: 9428 7898

Restaurant Open:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 12-3pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 6pm to late

Web:
www.churchstenoteca.com.au

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