Dinner with a friend from London
A friend of mine has a posting to London and recently returned to Canberra for a short visit. I wanted to catch up with her so we decided to go out to dinner (of course with my other friend Jane) at a restaurant that is attached to one of the lovely hotels.
This Italian restaurant has a casual and comfortable feel with a predominantly pink palette throughout. It’s good for families and larger groups rather than intimate dining. On the evening we went there was a large group next to us so it was a little difficult to hear our conversation.
It has a pretty extensive menu and everything is made in-house, from the ice cream to the the pizza dough which is great.
And then there’s the pizza oven – the largest in Canberra. It fits fourteen pizzas at a time and even rotates to make the best use of the heat.
The kitchen is open, meaning both the pizza oven and the chefs preparing the evening’s meals are on full display which I do like to see.
I ordered the Cavolo salad which is an Italian coleslaw dish with finely shredded green cabbage and a garlic, lemon and mint vinaigrette. It was really nice – refreshing really and as I was having a very healthy night I didn’t order anything else and ordered a bottle of sparkling water to enjoy whilst my friends shared a bottle of white wine.Jane ordered the parmesan and thyme crusted veal cutlet which was served served with a fennel and cabbage salad. She loved it!My London friend ordered a pizza with a topping of prawns, cherry tomatoes, chilli, parsley, mozzarella and lemon. She loved it too – nice and fresh with a good base.The restaurant does have a very good selection of wines and a specialty behind the bar is the range of Italian-made wines on tap. Might need to try one next time.
A nice evening with friends but I think I might try a few of the other restaurants in town before I return.