There was a fireworks display in the sky later in the night which added to the cheerful atmosphere of the evening.
Prosecco (Asolo Extra Dry from Veneto region) was to be served with olives and buffalo ricotta on the terrace in front of the view but the evening was a little chilly to accomplish this.
We all sat down to a selection of antipasto to share :
Carasau – Olives and buffalo ricotta
Calamari – Herb filled York Peninsula calamari
Fregola – Sardinian pebble pasta served with mixed seafood sauce
Salumi – Prosciutto San Daniele
Tonnato – 100 day grain fed beef carpaccio- Italian tuna dressing. Beef Carpaccio
Secondi choice being :
Vincenzo's signature potato gnocchi with spanner crab meat, tomato sugo, chilli, garlic.
Veal Osso Buco slow cooked with herbs, wine and vegetables.
Red wine and salt slow cooked lamb shoulder, lentil jus, parsnip puree, organic heirloom carrots.
Atlantic salmon fillet cooked sous vide and served with roasted cauliflower, eggplant puree, lemon oil, goats cheese.
Gianduia Rustico – Vincenzo’s signature hazelnut fondant served with vanilla gelato.
Cheese Plate – selection of Italian cheeses, Testun di Barolo, Asiago, truffle pecorino served with fresh grapes, dried figs and truffle honey.
Tea and coffee followed.
The wines :
2012 Kris Pinot Grigio from Veneto region
2011 Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico- 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinello and 10% other grape varieties
2012 Matane Negroamaro IGT from Puglia – 100% Negroamaro grapes
All the antipasto dishes were enjoyed and a particular favourite was the Sardinian pebble pasta.
The two meat dishes were also enjoyed but the Signature Gnocchi was considered very ordinary and disappointing in so far as diners could not find the crab and the sugo was not only gelatinous but too strong a tomato flavour for the crab.
The sous vide Salmon was considered bland and not enough seasoning with the accompaniments.
The wines were considered reasonable, with the Matane Negroamaro being the most favoured.
All thought the room was lovely and that the stunning view helped to create a warm atmosphere.
The service was pleasant but mainly slow.
The attendance was 26 members and 17 guests.