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Radicchio, Pear, Hazelnut Salad with Pecorino Cheese and vincotto Dressing – Solarino AUD13.90
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Looking for a new place place for a good, simple, cheap, pasta in the city has been tough. Just as well Julia happened upon a review of Solarino, and off we went!
The antipasto definitely set a high benchmark for what was to come. There was a creamy goats cheese pannacotta that literally melted in our mouths, with a nice velvet mouthfeel and a bit of a tang from the lemon zest. Also fabulous was the little rolls of pancetta with a soft Persian fetta cheese, I think. A light tangy cheese to contrast the salti pancetta. Julia like the arancini deep fried balls of rice were crunchy and light all at the same time. I also liked the sardines with the agro-dolce sweet and sour onions. Heck, I loved everuything on the wooden board, including the wooden board! 🙂
The radicchio salad was a nice mix of bitter crisp leaves, sweet vincotto, salty peppery Pecorino, finished with a warm nuttiness of hazelnuts. The pear was nice, but I wouldn’t miss it.
Then our pastas arrived. The incredible soft pillows of gnocchi were baked with mozzarella and basil, just like a pizza in Napoli! The rich tomato sauce was a hit with everyone and we mopped it up with bread or just scooped the pan clean!
The casareccia also had a similar rich tomato sauce, but this time, there was a hint of fennel from the Sicilian pork sausages and a meatier strings of pork sarsa. The twirls or casareccia with the S-shaped cross-section held the sauce nicely.
Just for good measure, we also got a risotto to compare with our favourite minimalist risotto at Tutto Bene. Solarino’s had a nice balance richness from the Tallegio cheese and saltiness from the pancetta but it was perhaps a little on the sweet side, and a little busy with the number of ingredients.
Would we be back? Heck yeah! There were also little pots of tiramisu sitting in the display out the front, along with other yummy looking pastries, that I’d be back for, not to mention the simple delicious pastas!
(03) 9663 2636
Shop 7 / 273 Little Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
enter from Howey Place, Melbourne.
– Decor and kitchen
– Blackboard menu
– Bread and butter
– Radicchio, Pear, Hazelnut Salad with Pecorino Cheese and vincotto dressing – AUD13.90
– Gnocchi Napoli oven-baked with Mozzarella – AUD18.90
– Risotto of pancetta, leek, Taleggio cheese and pear – AUD19.90
– Casareccia pasta with Sicillian sausage and pork sarsa – AUD19.90
Vegetarian recipes cookbook – Chai Tea
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This food themed painting is from my forthcoming cookbook. It was inspired by a recipe and has been created to capture something of the essence of it’s dish. All the original artworks are available to own.
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Sunnyside – home of Washington Irving – yard games 02
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Kids enjoy traditional 19th-century games at Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving. These include hoop rolling and walking on stilts.
Washington Irving first saw the Van Tassel cottage when he was 15 years old. It was a simple stone house with a central chimney, built either in 1656 and or in the 1680s. (Irving chose the former date.) Irving quickly began renovating the home. A stone ell was built, projecting from the center of the north wall. The roof was raised and covered with with red tile. A porch with a room above it was added at the center of the south wall. All the gables were crowstepped in the Dutch style. A wooden porch was added to the west side of the house. In the rear of the house, Irving laid out a kitchen yard with wood shed, root cellar, and a servants’ privy. North of the the kitchen yard, he built a Gothic ice house in 1840. (The Irving family tore it down in the late 19th century and built an addition to the house over the site. This was removed during an 1958-1959 restoration.) In 1847, Irving added a three-story stone tower at the northeast corner of the house. Covered in stucco, as was the rest of the house, it was connected to the main home by a short one-story passage. The tower combined elements of Gothic and Chinese pagoda architecture. It contained three servants’ bedrooms, a guest room, and a basement. The passageway housed two pantries and a laundry.
The kitchen occupied the northern arm of the ell, while a parlor occupied the other arm. The dining room was in the west part of the house, while Irving’s study and library were in the east. The top floor was divided into bedrooms.
Like many wealthy gentlemen of the early Republic, Washington Irving loved landscaping. Colonial-era landscaping featured symmetry, gravel and brick paths, showy beds of annual flowers, geometric forms, broad vistas, and decorative elements like wrought iron benches. About 400 feet northwest of the house were a kitchen and flower garden, both laid out in geometric form. He built a greenhouse just north of the gardens. Below the house, close to the shore of the Hudson River, he built a barn, coach house, shed and some other outbuildings in a quadrangle.
In 1846, the Hudson River Railroad began pushing south of Albany to New York City. The railroad track was located just 150 feet from the porch of Sunnyside. The railroad meant that the quadrangle of buildings had to be demolished. A small cove south of the property was filled in (the circular depression can be seen from the air). Irving used the opportunity to dam a brook which flowed through
his property. In a copse of trees (just west of Daffodil Hill) he built an ice pond. Ice from the pond would be harvested in the winter and stored in his ice house. Above Sunnyside Lane (the main access road to the house), he created another dam and named the man-made pond "Little Mediterranean." The Little Mediterranean furnished his house with water for the kitchen and laundry as well as with water for two new flush toilets.
Sunnyside remained in the Irving family after Irving’s death in 1859. The family demolished the ice house and built another wing north of the main house in 1896. It also built a new quadrangle of buildings east of the main house on the shore of Little Mediterranean. John D. Rockefeller bought the property in 1945. He established a foundation, Sleepy Hollow Restorations, to maintain the house and grounds and put them on display for the public. The house and grounds were restored between 1945 and 1947, and the home opened to the public in 1947. In 1959-1960, the 1896 wing was removed and the kitchen yard reconstructed. Sunnyside Lane was closed to vehicular traffic at this time as well, and a new entrance road east of the property constructed. This road, which is Sunnyside’s entrance today, leads to a parking lot located between the 1896 "visitor’s center" and the reconstructed gardens.