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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Regional Dinner - Calabria

It's the second in this series of Italian Regional Dinners held at Church Street Enoteca and this time we're here to enjoy the food and wines of Calabria.

church st enoteca© by Haalo

I haven't a photo of the starters that were served as we waited to be seated but I can tell you that it was a combination of raw yellowfin tuna, shaved fennel and bottarga served on a spoon. It was accompanied by glasses of Prosecco Marca Oro Extra Dry.

First Course

church st enoteca© by Haalo

To drink: 2008 DOC Ippolito 1845 Greco Bianco

From left to right, Capocollo, spicy fennel salami, calabrese salami and pig blood sausage. We were all really impressed by the flavour of the blood sausage and quite taken by just how good it was.

Second Course:

church st enoteca© by Haalo

To drink: 2006 IGT Ippolito 1845 Gaglioppo & Cabernet Sauvignon

Lasagne layered with pork, artichoke, mozzarella and peas with a fresh tomato passata. If there was a shrine to lasagne you'd be kneeling there worshipping this one - it really is that good.

Third Course:

church st enoteca© by Haalo

A lovely rustic dish - particularly loved the texture of the swordfish and the way it had absorbed all those beautiful flavours.


church st enoteca© by Haalo

To drink: Bergamino - Bergamont Liqueur

Chinulille are fried sweet ravioli filled with chocolate, chestnuts, candied fruit and nougat and were served with a chocolate sauce for dipping. Do I really need to say that they were delicious?

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



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