I was lucky enough to join some of Brisbanes best female bloggers for the menu launch of Tonys Italian Table – a 9 course degustation like share plate menu that is available for 6 people or more at $50pp. The menu is inspired by Tonys love for classical italian food that reminds him of family values and tradition.
For those that haven’t dined at Tartufo before, I suggest you do, as soon as possible. It is a beautiful space that has a homely, positive and open energy about it. Tony Percuoco said “it reminded me of the great restaurants of the galleria in Naples, i formed an instant love affair for the space”. Beautifully decorated, simplistic and classic all in one, Tartufo offers a wonderful dining atmosphere.
Once seated, we opened dinner with beautiful crusty bread + organic extra virgin olive oil and warm marinated mixed olives. I can never go past beautiful bread and nutty olive oil – there’s just something about it that screams comfort.
Shortly after, we were served salumi misti – a traditional plate of antipasto with mixed cold meats, olives and pickled vegetables; insalata caprese – a salad of sliced fresh tomatoes topped with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil; and finally vitello tonnato – a special braised gippsland veal served cold, thinly sliced, topped with a tuna mayonnaise of capers, anchovies and served with cornichons.
Simply stunning. I was loving what I was seeing and what I was eating. There was much discussion about Tonys knack for seasoning, and so far he had it spot on. Everything was beautifully seasoned, it was just perfect.
Soon after, plates of calamari fritti – fresh calamari fried and seasoned beautifully with salt and pepper served on a bed of rocket. This dish is one of my new favourites. Simple, fresh and delicious. This dish was just another example of Tony and his knack for adequate amounts of seasoning in his food.
While we drank wine and mingled amongst ourselves, 3 of the most beautiful plates of pasta arrived. Firstly, lets start with the gnochetti sardi ai piselli – housemade small shell pasta with onion, pancetta, fresh peas and pea puree, pepper and peccorino cheese; sadly this was my least favourite.. but only because I don’t like peas.
Ravioli al pomodoro was up next – large house made ravioli filled with ricotta, spinach, nutmeg and served in a sauce of tomato, butter, and basil topped with parmesan cheese – oh my! Seriously good.. and those who know me well, know of my love affair with ricotta and spinach.
But Tony truly won my heart over with his very decadent linguine ai funghi – housemade long flat pasta served with a medley of seasonal mixed wild mushrooms and chilli finished with parsley and parmesan cheese. I love mushrooms, and sadly don’t cook with them enough at home because my boys don’t like them, but this really hit the spot with me.. This is my favourite dish so far this year.
With full bellies, and more wine, us ladies chatted some more, about food, parenting, books and such when dessert arrived. Not knowing if I could actually fit dessert in, I was going to give it my best shot, but within one mouthful, I couldn’t stop.. Tonys semifreddo al torrone was indulgent and the perfect finish to one of the best dinners I have ever had. A beautiful house made hazelnut nougat ice-cream terrine served with crostoli and a rich espresso sauce. So, so delicious.
All in all a fantastic evening filled with some of the most amazing food I have ever eaten, great wine and wonderful foodie company. Huge thank you to Tony and Gordana for their hospitality at Tartufo, I will be back soon, very soon ! Also I just wanted to thank Karen for the invitation to such a wonderful dining experience. Oh and if you have a chance check out some some of the other ladies I dined with 😀
– Karen from @thewordonfood
– Joanna from Eats Food Hates You
– Kerry from Eat,Drink+beKerry
– Tracey from Itty Bitty Bites
– Shirley from Rhubarb Whine
– Fiona from Tiffin
** This dinner was complimentary, although all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.