Antipasti – Appetizer

platter

 

  • Pane Agliato – Garlic Bread (V, GF option) . . . $9.5
    • Not much to say about this icon, classic garlic bread
  • Bruschetta (brew-sket-ta) – Bruschetta selection (V, GF option) . . . $16.5
    • Tomato, salsa verde, chicken liver pate’ and Tapenade
  • Antipasto Toscano – Tuscany Appetizer . . . $ 26.5 (GF option)
    • A classic from Italy, Leonardo’s pick of Bruschetta, cured meats and Olives.  Good for two people to share
  • Insalata di Polpo – Octopus Salad (DF and GF) . . . $21
    • Beautiful salad of Tender Octopus or Moscardino, marinated in lemon, olive oil, garlic and pepper, served with new season Potatoes, salad leaves, grape, celery, red onion and capsicum
  • Impepata di cozze – Steamed New Zealand, green lips mussels (GF, Paleo option) . . . $24.5
    • ½ kilo of mussels steamed in a peppery white wine sauce and toasted focaccia bread
  • Insalata Italiana (V, Paleo, GF option) . . . $18.5
    • Classic Italian Salad, with lettuce, Prosciutto, sundried tomatoes, fresh tomato, artichokes, mozzarella, olives, capers, olive oil, a drizzle of balsamic and lots of love.

 

Pasta (Ask for gluten free pasta)

raviolli

 

  • Tagliatelle (Ta-ya-tel-le) alla Carbonara – “Carbonara’s” Tagliatelle . . . $24
    • Fresh egg, diced pancetta, provolone cheese, garlic and a sprinkle of crushed pepper, so simple but so delicious.
    • The name is derived from “carbonaro” (the Italian word for charcoal burner); some believe the dish was first made as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. Ask for a creamy version.
  • Gnocchi gratinati alla Sorrentina (vegetarian) . . . $25.5
    • Homemade gnocchi baked in the oven in a terracotta pot, with a tomato base, onion garlic, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, garnished with homemade pesto.
    • It reminds me of walking along Sorrento’s cliff-side coastline and looking down onto Marinas Grande and Piccola and out onto the blue bay of Naples. I see tiles painted with bright blues, greens, yellows, and pinks.
  • Spaghetti al profumo di mare –Pasta with fresh mussels, and anchovies . . . $26.5
    • Transport yourself to the shores of the Adriatic Sea with this pasta dish brimming with fresh mussels and anchovies, fresh tomato base and Italian capers plus a selection of fresh seafood straight from the ocean. Cooked all together in a white wine sauce.
  • Nidi di Rondine . . . $24.5
    • AKA Swallow’s Nest. Traditional dish from San Marino in Italy. Capsicum, salami, italian cheeses, baby spinach, wrapped in a fresh pasta sheet, rolled and baked in the oven.
    • The beauty of this dish is how each portion spiral on itself…like a bird’s nest or a giant food hug.

 

Other Vegetarian Options (served with pappardelle pasta)

  • Homemade Pesto Sauce . . . $22
    • Basil, pinenuts, parmesan
  • Puttanesca . . . $22.5
    • Tomato Base, olives, capers
  • Creamy Mushroom sauce . . . $23.5
    • Forest mushrooms

Portata Principale – Mains (ask for GF  & Paleo options)

cappellini

 

  • Salsiccia Napoletana . . . $33.5
    • Pork and fennel sausages served with spring greens and creamy polenta. Smothered in a rich mushroom sauce.
    • Such an Icon for Italian food. Every single city in Italy has its very own way and recipe to create sausages.
  • Porchetta . . . $35
    • Roasted pork belly served with a summery cabbage salad and potatoes.
    • A Tuscan delight, from Maremma Region, anciently renowned for the massive presence of wild pigs.
  • Filetto di Manzo – Eye Fillet Steak . . . $18.5 per 100g, ($37 min)
    • Beautiful Eye Fillet steak cooked as you like and served with Italian roasted vegetables, potatoes and your choice of Creamy Mushroom Sauce or simple homemade Jus. Usually 200g, but be brave, you can ask up to 600 grams
    • The classic “Florence’s” steak
  • Pollo alla Diavola . . . $42
    • It is a whole baby chicken, that has marinated all day in olive oil, fresh herbs and fresh chilli. Please ask for a milder solution. Served with roasted potato and rocket salad.
    • AKA Hell’s Chicken…Beware, hot ahead and I know it sounds similar, but nothing to do with Chef Ramsey TV program!
  • Scamone di agnello (Ah-nye-lo) al forno – Oven roasted lamb rump . . . $41
    • The rump is butterflied and then stuffed with prosciutto, baby spinach and Italian herbs and served with roasted potato and vegetables. Served Medium Rare.
    • Another “water in mouth” recipe from my grandma: Oven roasted lamb rump.

Classic Cocktails

Aperol Spritz . . .  $16

  • Aperol, prosecco and a splash of Soda. Classic Italian aperitif

Mojito . . .  $16.5

  • Nobody beats the classics

Martini . . .  $16

  • Gin and your choice of Martini, we recommend extra dry.

Negroni and Negroni Sbagliato . . .  $16

  • Campari, Gin and red Martini for an Italian classic
  • “Sbagliato” or screwed up for a milder version with prosecco instead of Gin

 

Specialty Cocktails

Long “Sardinia” iced Tea . . .  $19.5

  • Vodka, Gin, Bacardi, Silver Tequila, topped with Chinotto (Italian Coke)

Passeggiata . . .  $16.5

  • If you like amaretto, this cocktail, is the one for you

Sfogarsi . . .  $18

  • Vanilla liquor and Frangelico, matched for a pairing heaven

Tesoro . . .  $16.5

  • Do you like apple crumble? Have you ever had it in liquid form and alcoholic? Here it is just for you

Ucciola . . .  $ 17

  • Montenegro liquor and Johnny walker red label, it’s an amazing combination (dangerous too)

Sticazzi . . .  $17

  • What is better than Limoncello? Limoncello and prosecco together in this amazing Italian cocktail

 

Dessertspie

  • Tiramisù. . . $12.5
    • Doesn’t get any more traditional than this!
  • Panna cotta . . . $12.5
    • Served with vanilla and raspberry compote
  • Creme caramel . . . $12.5
    • Baked custard served with almond brittle
  • Cannoli alla siciliana . . . $13.5
    • Classic recipe from south of Italy, filled with ricotta, chocolate and pistachios
  • Baked cheese cake . . . $13
    • Ricotta and mascarpone, served with raspberry coulis
  • Limoncello tart . . . $17.5
    • Nonna’s traditional recipe, served with limoncello shot
  • Cheese selection . . . 1 serving $15 or 2 servings for $23.5
    • Today’s choice of gourmet cheese

Wine List

House Wine red or White carafes (Italian)

250ml . . . $11

500ml . . . $21

1 litre . . . $40

Bubbles  . . .  Glass  . . .  Bottle  . . . Food Pairing . . . Location

Lambrusco Red . . .  n/a  . . . $31 . . .  Salami, prosciutto

Prosecco “Dry” . . . $12.5  . . . $50 . . .  Very versatile, anything . . . Sicily, Italy

White wine from Italy . . .  Glass  . . .  Bottle  . . . Food Pairing . . . Location

Saracco Moscato. . .  375ml . . .  $30 . . .  Salad, seafood, desserts . . .  Asti, Italy

Orvieto Classico (Dry) . . .  $9 . . .  $43 . . .  Any pasta dish  . . .  Umbria, Italy

Simboli Nosiola . . .  $9 . . .  $43 . . . Seafood, white fish . . .  Trentino, Italy

Simboli Pinot Grigio . . .  $10 . . .  $47 . . . Salad, chicken. . . Trentino, Italy

White wine from New Zealand . . .  Glass  . . .  Bottle  . . . Food Pairing . . . Location         

Tohu Sauvignon Blanc . . .  $9 . . .  $43 . . .  Salad, seafood . . .  Marlborough, NZ

Aronui Pinot Gris . . .  $9 . . .  $43 . . .  Any cheese, cream sauce . . .  Nelson, NZ

Volcanic Hills Sauvignon Blanc . . .  $9.5 . . .  $45 . . .  White meats, seafood . . .  Marlborough, NZ

Volcanic Hills Rose . . .  $10 . . .  $47 . . .  Chicken, salmon, risotto . . .  Wairarapa, NZ

Aronui Chardonnay . . .  $10.5 . . .  $50 . . .  Chicken, pork . . .  Nelson, NZ

Volcanic Hill Pinot Gris . . .  $10.5 . . .  $50 . . .  Blue Cheese and seafood . . . . Marlborough, NZ

Red Wine from Italy . . .  Glass  . . .  Bottle  . . . Food Pairing . . . Location

Sangiovese Aquilani . . .  $9 . . .  $43 . . .  cured sausage, hard cheeses,  roasted meats . . .  Tuscany, Italy

Chianti Basket . . .  $9 . . .  $43 . . .  grilled cheeses, chicken . . .  Tuscany, Italy

Primitivo Quota . . .  $10 . . .  $47 . . .  Tuna or game dishes . . .  Salento, Italy 

Montepulciano . . .  $10 . . .  $47 . . .  lamb, red  meats, bolognese sauce . . .  Abruzzo, Italy

Red Wine from New Zealand . . .  Glass  . . .  Bottle  . . . Food Pairing . . . Location      

Tohu Pinot Noir . . .  $9.5 . . .  $45 . . .  Mushroom, ravioli, venison . . .  Marlborough, NZ

Tohu Merlot . . .   $10 . . .  $47 . . .  Beef stew or Ragout   . . .  Hawkes Bay, NZ 

Squealing Pig Pinot Noir . . .  $12 . . .  $55. . .  Grilled steak, Bolognese sauce. . .  Central Otago, NZ 

Dessert Wines

Zibibbo Italy . . .  $10.5

 

Beer List

Low Alcohol

Moretti Zero, Italy (0.05%) . . .  $8.5

Amstel Light (2.5%) . . .  $8

Croucher Low Rider, Rotorua (2.5%) . . .  $8.5

International

Corona . . .  $8.5

Heineken . . .  $8.5

Peroni, Italy . . .  $8.5

Moretti, Italy . . .  $9.5

Moretti La Rossa, Italy  (Red beer) . . .  $9.5

New Zealand

Waikato . . .  $8

Steinlager Classic . . .  $8  

Mac’s Black . . .  $8.5

Epic Pale Ale . . .  $9.5

Croucher Moonride (black IPA) 500 ml . . .  $16.5

Cider

New Zealand Apple Cider . . .  $12 . . .  Nelson, NZ            

Rekordelig 500ml (ask for today’s selection) . . .  $15

 

Soft Drinks

Homegrown Juices (ask for today’s selection) . . .  $5.5

Lemonade, Coke, Coke Zero . . .  $6

Chinotto (Italian Coke) 200ml . . .  $7

Aranciata Rossa (Orange) 200ml . . .  $7

Ginger Beer . . .  $7

Italian Sparkling Water  750ml . . .  $12.5

 

Coffee

Espresso . . .  $3.5

Long Black . . .  $4

Macchiato . . .  $4

Flat White / Cappuccino . . .  $4.5

Mocha / Hot chocolate . . .  $5

Tea (English, Earl Gray, Peppermint, Green Tea, Chamomille) . . .  $4

Affogato . . .  $7.5

Affogato with Shot . . .  $11.5

Special Coffee . . .  $13.5

 

Typical and traditional Italian spirits also available, such as Montenegro, Limoncello, Orangello, Grappa, Amaretto, and many more. Just ask for your favourite italian fix.

 

 

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