Opera, gnocchi, limocello and accordion music - it doesn't get much more Italian than this in Brisbane. Throw in a cobbled laneway and a high profile Italian chef and it's la dolce vita.
Launching this year's Italian Week (May 23 - June 2) was an Italian Alfresco Feast cooked by a master of modern Italian cuisine, Stefano Manfredi, and served in a cobbled lane way. Or that was the plan - unfortunately unseasonal rain caused the event to be moved inside the Treasury Casino & Hotel but clever staging meant the move did not detract from the dinner.
Celebrating its fifth year, Italian Week offers an insight into the modern Italy and shares Italian culture and lifestyle.
Stefano Manfredi's menu showcased Italian olives and oils from several regions, gnocchi made to his mother's recipe (but never quite as good according to Stefano), achingly tender shoulder of lamb and a special 'street food' dessert from Western Tuscany that is eaten with your hands.
|Stefano Manfredi chats with new member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci and Treasury Casino and Hotel General Manager Geoff Hogg|
Here's what we ate -
|Olives from three different Italian regions -|
|Hand made grisini|
|Finely sliced raw fish dressed with lemon and extra virgin olive oil|
|Poached veal with tuna and caper sauce|
|Toasted ciabatta with mushrooms, parsley and garlic.|
|Pistillo Offida Pecorino 1020 (Region: Marche)|
|The famous gnocchi with a duck ragu|
|Ca Di Frara Pinot Nero DOC 2009 (Region: Lombardia)|
|Wood-grilled lamb shoulder, herbs, breadcrumbs.|
|La Ladra Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOC 2005 (Region: Piedmonte)|
|Chestnut crepes filled with sweet ricotta|
Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of the Treasury Casino & Hotel.