Georgie Casey | 13 March 2018

ABOUT THE WRITER: Georgia is a Business and Creative Writing student who has spent all of her money on airplane tickets and wine. What she lacks in upper body strength, she makes up for in an unhealthy aptitude for Simpson’s trivia. An uber driver once described her as ‘the best passenger rating I have ever seen’.

In 2015 I spent a magical six months living in Florence, working as an au pair and avoiding university. On my weekends off I liked to escape from the children and travel around Italy to explore different cities and eat as much cuisine as humanly possible. Because I often travelled alone, I had to get used to dining out by myself, which was rather daunting for an eighteen-year-old who spoke very poor Italian.

Thankfully, I quickly discovered that Italians are never more hospitable and nurturing than when they’re feeding you; it’s hard to feel lonely when you’re given free limoncello and cake after every plate of pasta.  Since coming home I’ve not only missed the food, but the familial feeling and warmth that accompanied each meal. Last Friday I returned to the taste and treasure of Italy when dining with Angelina Fadda and Slow Food Brisbane at Dante Alighieri Society in New Farm last week.

Slow Food Brisbane is an organization dedicated to showcasing good food that is prepared properly. Last Friday night I was lucky enough to join them for their event, ‘A Taste of Sardinia’, and was blown away by not only the food, but also the knowledge and passion that went into its preparation. As the title suggests, the evening was a celebration of produce and recipes from the small island of Sardinia in Southern Italy.

The evening was hosted by the lovely Angelina Fadda, a gourmet travel consultant and founder of Italian flavours, a travel company that specializes in gastronomical tours around Italy. We began the night by sampling the two grape varieties that define Sardinian wine - Cannonau and Vermentino.

We enjoyed some pane carasau (a typical Sardinian bread) with olive oil, Pecorino Sardo cheese and Sardinian olives. While we sipped our vino and nibbled our cheese, Angelina gave a presentation on Sardinia and told us about the artisan producers of the food we were ravenously enjoying. After the aperitivo, we were treated to some Malloreddus alla Campidanese, an unbelievably delicious Sardinian pasta dish served with a sausage, tomato and saffron sauce.

It wouldn’t be an Italian meal without a ‘digestivo’ at the end, so Angelina treated us all to some Mirto, a Sardinian liqueur made from myrtle. It sounds strange, but it was so good that it made me want to board the next flight to Sardinia and drink nothing else for the rest of my life.

The passion that Angelina and the team at Slow Food have for what they do was contagious, and made the night as enjoyable as it was delicious. It was wonderful to feel like I was back in Italy, even for only a few hours. Plus, Australian restaurants just aren’t as quick to give out free refills like Angelina is.  


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