Deciding where to dine out is becoming one of the hardest questions we ask our self every week. Mostly because we want to try something fun, new and interesting, but at the same time we secretly just want to re-visit a favorite. Third world problems eh? That is why we chose to stroll around Cairns city until we both came to an agreement.
We found a restaurant that was buzzing with life. The outdoor area was full of people (on a Wednesday Night as well), and inside was no different. Luckily the wait staff were very friendly and accommodating as they were able to seat us at a nice little table against the wall. This had a great sigh of relief, as it meant that we could avoid the steaming humidity outside.
As you can see, the place is only very small. It is screaming authentic Italian with it's furnishing, and the amusing pictures were a good laugh. Not knowing until we left, that this was actually Cairns' oldest Italian Restaurant! You can't get any more Authentic than that!
Crusty semolina roll with herb and garlic butter
We normally try to avoid Garlic bread as an entree as it fills you up and you don't get to enjoy your mains as much. Although, the restaurant was brimming with the a beautiful aroma of garlic bread that we just could not resist but to order one ourselves. We were sold!
Unfortunately, it was just your average garlic bread.. more bread than garlic though.
Gnocchi Ai Quattro Formaggi
Potato dumplings with a four cheeses sauce – the speciality of Northern Italy
Gnocchi. How could you see this on the menu and not order it. Especially one that is accompanied by 4 different types of CHEESE (We love cheese if you haven't already noticed). Christie thought that the dish was far too heavy after several bites, but I fell in love all over again. I could eat this dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner... but then again my tolerance for cheese is quite high (just as high as my cholesterol probably is after writing this post). That Gorgonzola......
Tortellini Al Pollo E Salsa Rosa
This meat filled pasta, supposedly shaped like the navel of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, is served with chicken, shallots and avocado in a pink sauce
The texture of the avocado and pasta works magic in your mouth. It is the magic mike of pasta combinations. The hero of this dish was that special "pink sauce" which enhanced every other element on the plate. There must have been a great deal of thought process involved with this dish, as the flavours and textures were in harmony together. To top things off, the serving size was very generous serving and yet we still somehow managed to lick the bowl clean!
If you are ever in the area, it is definitely one of the better restaurants we have dined at during out stay in Cairns. Plus, it is quite central to all the different hotels in the area, so it is also very convenient!