All posts tagged: italian

Pidapipo and ITALiAN ARTiSANS

Come and enjoy the perfect sweet treat called Tartufo, an ice cream dessert originating from Calabria. The traditional Italian dessert, which means trufflein Italian, is comprised of a flavour of ice cream with syrup in the centre and then covered in a shell made of chocolate. Lisa and Tony, Pidapipo owner, have developed two Tartufo flavours as part of the collaboration; Hazelnut gelato with gianduja centre, covered in crushed hazelnuts and a milk chocolate shell; and to make life a little sweeter, a fior di latte gelato with a coffee centre, covered in white chocolate shavings. Both tartufo flavours will be available at ITALiAN ARTiSANS ongoing and all three Pidapipo stores (including Uber Eats) for one week from 5 April. Be sure to book your next dinner date in, as it will most certainly give you a taste of Italy right in the heart of Melbourne.

Italian Wine + Food Festival 2018

Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in with the third annual Italian Wine + Food Festival. Just as the appeal of Italian food runs from street-style pizza-fun for the whole family to refined fresh-pasta for the gourmet foodie, the festival has food and drink, entertainment and information to suit everyone from spaghetti-loving kids to the most engaged Italian-speaking wine lover. Melbourne’s top Italian chefs are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with much-loved locals Joe Vargetto  (Mister Bianco + Massi Restaurant), Francesco Rota  (Trattoria Emilia), James Kummrow  (Fatto), Dusty Treweek  (Bottega), Jesse MacFadden  (Massi Restaurant), Johnny di Francesco  (400 Gradi) and Luca Ciano  leading the charge. Festival-goers can feast on pizza, pasta, panini and Italian snacks at pop-up restaurants from Melbourne favourites Bottega , Saluministi , SICILY by Mister Bianco  + Massi, La Svolta Pizzeria e Trattoria, Figo Pizza  and 400 Gradi  plus there’ll be cooking demonstrations with chefs and providores on the Main Stage including a demonstration by self-taught cookbook author …


For the month of May, Baby Pizza is collaborating with Prahran Market’s infamous Maker & Monger to deliver FORMAGGIO, a delectable cheese extravaganza. FORMAGGIO will run all May long as Baby’s Senior Sous Chef, Anthony Simone serves up delicious eats using Maker & Monger’s cheese that are guaranteed to satisfy even the most extreme cheese lovers. On offer will be Panini’s for breakfast and lunch, with the option of Pecorino Sardo with mortadella, fior di latte and balsamic glazed baby onions for $13.50 or Italian Salme with fontina, giardiniera and watercress on a sourdough toastie for $14.50. For the pizza lovers out there, Baby will be serving up Pizza Quattro Formaggi for $25.50, with provolone, fior di latte, taleggio, gorgonzola dolce and salame cacciatore.  Pasta options include Ravioli Caprese filled with house made ricotta, scamorza, heirloom tomatoes, basil and reggiano for $18.50, Maccheroni al Forno, with baked ditali macaroni with taleggio, autumn mushroom ragu and nduja for $28.50, or Pasta al Formaggio Fuso with linguine, reggiano wheel, lemon and extra virgin olive oil for $24.00. …

Italian Wine & Food Festival

Enjoy everything that’s good about eating and dining in Italy at the Italian Wine & Food Festival. Debuting this year, the festival will bring together the best Italian cooks from Melbourne including Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi) and Rosa Mitchell (Rosa’s Canteen + Rosa’s Kitchen) who will be headlining the show. Shop until your heart’s  content with over 200 of Italy’s finest wines plus salumi, cheese, pasta, coffee, olive oil, gelato and pastries at the Gourmet Traveller Food Market. If you want to learn how to cook authentic Italian cuisine like Nonno, there’s be demonstrations from 400 Gradi, Caterina’s Cucina e Bar, 38 Chairs, Trattoria Emilia, La Bonta, Bar Idda and Saluministi. Spend the whole day there or even make a night of it with DJs playing the best Italian vinyl and European track until 9pm. Buon appetito! When: 11am – 9pm, Sunday 29 May Where: Royal Exhibition Building Visit the Melbourne Italian Wine & Food Festival website.  

Shadow Thieves

A Sicilian Shindig

Two of Melbourne’s finest (and yummiest) Italian restaurants, Bar Idda and Ombra Salumi Bar have joined forces this September for ‘A Sicilian Shindig.’ The evening will be a big feast to celebrate Sicilian food and wine, including dishes such as rabbit, agro dulce, verdura; arancini – pork ragu, peas, mozzarella; and cassata siciliana. ‘A Sicilian Shinding’ will be the first event in the monthly Shadow Thieves series. Stay tuned for the other collaborations they have up their sleeves. Where: Ombra Salumi Bar, 76 Bourke Street Melbourne When: 7 September, 6:30pm. Cost: $75 per person with wine. Visit the website here.