Tuscany, that idyllic region of central Italy that stretches from the vine planted hilltops to the postcard perfect shorelines. Steeped in culture and heritage, the locals’ obsession with everything food and wine trumps even my own. Visit the region to savour some of Italy’s greatest wines and to get a real understanding of how delicious locally sourced and simply prepared produce can be…
What? No time to go to Tuscany? Sadly, me either. Luckily you can whisk yourself away (metaphorically speaking) to Tuscany this September at Once Upon a Tuscan Spring at La Svolta Hampton and Prahran.
A treat for your taste buds, the dinner of seven authentic Tuscan dishes is carefully matched with wine from the region. The welcoming, and quintessentially Italian, service from owner Valerio Calabro and Italian wine specialist Marco Senia will make you feel like you are in this refined but unpretentious little pocket of Italy.
I was invited to preview the Once Upon A Tuscan Spring dinner: happily partaking of the food and wine with gusto. If you get the chance, I suggest you book in to one of these dinners and do the same. Here’s what’s in store if you do.
Antipasto Toscano – selection of Tuscan delicacies on a tasting plate (meat & cheese based)
Fritto di Paranza – deep fried seafood selection (paranza is Italian for fisherman’s net)
Torta di ceci – a chick pea torte
Pappardelle alla lepre – homemade pappardelle with hare ragu
Gnocchi alla viareggina – squid ink gnocchi with a seafood ragu
Cinghiale alla maremmana – sweet & sour braised wild boar with polenta chips
Cavolo e patate rifatte – braised black cabbage & potato
Castagnaccio – sweet chestnut flour, raisins, pine nuts, walnut & rosemary cake served with ricotta cream
Ponce – Livorno coffee (coffee with aromatic rum & lemon zest)
What: Once upon a Tuscan Spring
When & Where: La Svolta Hampton September 18 & La Svolta Prahran September 25
Cost: $110 per person including wine matches