I have no excuses for this one, so instead I’m gonna just give you the food porn from a casual Brisbane food bloggers’ dinner I organised at Grappino back in June. Cuz who doesn’t love Italian, right?
It wasn’t a perfect dinner, but the food came out at the same time and the conversation flowed. Everyone seemed to be getting along – I was worried if the chemistry might result in dysfunctional drama, but the worrying was for naught.
We only had two issues with the food – Aga’s gnocchi was far too salty and May King’s tea wasn’t what it was supposed to be (and she should know, she’s a tea expert). Everything else was lovely and despite being seated in a long table in the centre of the restaurant, we didn’t feel cramped or neglected.
Zuppa di Trattoria: Porcini mushrooms and white truffle soup
Grappino Bruschetteria: rustic & crusty farm bread rubbed with garlic, olive oil, balsamic & tomato
Chiocciola (Snails): Six snails baked in garlic & parsley butter
Gorgonzola Cheese soufflé: baked with fresh spinach & cream
Grappino’s Spaghetti Marinara: cooked in Napoli sauce Cream of lobster and fresh Mediterranean herbs
Pappardelle Ai Funghi: mushrooms, pinot grigio, fresh cream, white truffle oil and parmigiano
Rigatoni Pollo AlFredo: Roasted fresh organic chicken, cream, green peas & basil
Scaloppine Funghi: mushrooms in season, cooked in white wine & cream
Crespelle Di Arancia: Orange Pancakes “Dolce Vita” Thin crepes flamed with mandarin liqueur served with vanilla bean ice cream with valencia orange slices, cooked in its own juice
Sticky date pudding
Vanilla Bean “Panna Cotta”: Served with seasonal fruit or berries