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OMG Osteria Francescana

Believe the hype.

It’s been over a year since our visit to Osteria Francescana but it’s one of the greatest meals I’ve ever had and so memorable that I had to post the pics.  We had the Greatest Hits menu which had no less than 11 dishes, not including the little entrees and the additional dessert and petit fours.

The first 4 pics below are of the little bite sized treats we started with and the beautiful bread.  After that it was dish after dish of perfection.  Super tasty, inventive, surprising, and beautiful.  Enjoy!

Tribute to Normandy

Lentils are better than caviar

‘Riso Levante’

Mediterranean sole (yes, there is some fish hidden under there)

Autumn in New York so beautifully presented and then when the broth was poured in, it was stunning.

Five ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures.  People say that the crunchy part of the lasagna is the greatest dish but I actually think this one is.  It was seriously out of this world amazing with the different types of cheese.

The crunchy part of the lasagna.  I know I said the dish above was my favourite but this was mind blowingly good.  Like unbelievably good.

At the dinner of Trimalchione: fowl in the ancient Roman style

Croccantino of foie gras I loved this one.  Bite sized, rich in foie gras and with balsamic vinegar running through it.

Caesar salad in bloom

Oops!  I dropped the lemon tart  Highly anticipated and did not dissappoint.  It was a piece of art to look at and to eat.

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Crabapple Friday Night Flights to Tuscany

Another Crabapple Kitchen “Friday Night Flights” dinner, this time to Tuscany.  As usual, food is fantastic and great value for money.  Love the added touches of background Italian music and special beers and cocktails to accompany the meal.

Started with a moorish and salty “fennel salumi, bread and local extra virgin olive oil“.

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Liver crostini with Vin Santo, marjoram and aged balsamic vinegar” was delicious and tangy.  The liver was cooked well and the dish had a nice tangy balance.

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The next dish was something I’d never had before.  The “Necci” – chestnut flour crepe filled with truffled ricotta and parmesan – was a lovely delicate dish.

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Nothing beats a hearty stew!  The “Ribollita” – Classic Tuscan peasant-style soup of cavolo nero, Borlotti beans and root vegetables was a lovely light stew with yummy crusty herd bread.

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Perfectly cooked pasta dish is expected in any Italian meal.  The “pappardelle with a pork and porchini ragu, parmesan and bruschetta for mopping” delivered on all aspects.  IMG_1051

Finished with “Bistecca alla Fiorentina” – T-bone steak “Rosemary brush” with braised cavolo nero rainbow chard and roasted potatoes” which was excellent.IMG_1053

As always, love Crabapple!

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Roaming through Rome at Crabapple Kitchen

When I first heard about the “Friday Night Flights” at Crabapple Kitchen I just had to go.   $45 for 6 courses with a travel destination theme (rotating every 2 weeks).   So with great anticipation, we went to “Roam in Rome” which was one of the best dinner I’ve had this year.  The food was inspired, and I felt like I went on a mini holiday.  Cocktails, beer and wine to match the theme of the night added to the atmosphere.

We started with “Pizza Bianca – focaccia style bread with potato, garlic, Fontina and rosemary“.  It was perfectly fluffy focaccia with paper thin slices of potato and cheese and sprinkled with sea salt.  Delicious.

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The “rice croquettes ‘al telefono’ with peas, ham and Mozzarella di Bufala” was my favourite dish of the night.  The croquettes were crispy outside, with perfect risotto on the inside.  Loved it.

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The “Borlotti bean soup with shrimp, calamari and mussels” was a rich hearty soup which a lovely seafood taste.

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Who can resist a good slow cooked meat dish?  The “Coda all vaccinara – oxtail stew ‘Quinto Quarto’ braised the butchers way and cavolo nero” was all that.  Slow cooked, tender meat with a rich tomato base and accompanied by toasted salted herb bread.

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The”Penne Cabonara ‘Coal Miner’s Dust’ with pancetta, Pecorino and a touch of cream” was great – perfectly cooked pasta, was a lovely light dish, and hit all the right notes (mmm salty pancetta).

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Finished the dinner with “Pork ‘Agrodolce’ – the flavours of Saltimbocca with firm polenta and sweet & sour sauce“.   Wonderfully cooked pork stuffed with fruits and nuts, with creamy polenta.  All very good.

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So dear reader, where does this leave us?   A delicious dinner at an event which will not be repeated in the foreseeable future.   I would highly recommend it and would go back in a heartbeat (we’ve been back twice for two other destinations!).  So, if you get the opportunity anytime soon to attend “Friday Night Flights” – do it!

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Great Italian Food at Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons

Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons (GAS) really do a spectacular job of cooking delicious Italian food.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve dined there, but I know I’ve never been disappointed.

Had a heartwarming winter dinner there, which started with wonderfully crispy ‘Baccala Fritto” Crispy Salt Balls, Aioli”.   Interesting flaky crispy texture filled with creamy potato with salty shreds of cod running through it.  Yum!

I can’t resist cured meat.  If I recall correctly, “Salumi Ossocullo” is a cut of meat from the neck of the pig.   It was tasty.

Given the Melbourne weather has been a bit cold and dreary, the “Risotto “alla Milanese”, Saffron, Minced Pork Sausage, Finished with Parsley & Bone Marrow” was the perfect homely and warm dish to counter the outside elements.  Rich in texture and flavour, with perfectly cooked rice.

The perfectly seasoned “Grass Fed Sirloin on the Bone 450 Grams Firm Texture, Full Flavoured, Parmesan Herb Crumbed Onion Rings” goes extremely well with a side of crunchy “Potaotes, Rosemary, Garlic”.

Dessert for the night was “Baked Chocolate Pot, Chocolate Pearls Served Chilled”.  It was creamy silky dark chocolate perfection.

Great atmosphere, good food.  Can’t wait to dine here again!

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