An Evening in Umbria

Piccoli Piatti get set to host their first in a series of inspired Italian dinners.

All too often our hankerings for good Italian are mollified by cheesy great slabs of pizza and a delicious, yet bastardized, serving of fettucine. And while there’s a time and a place for all of the above, Herne Bay’s most recent Italian resident Piccoli Piatti are paving the way for refined provincial fare that will renew your appreciation of the beloved cuisine.

Set to host a series of regionally inspired dinners, this increasingly reputed eatery has deduced a laudable, one-night-only menu that will take you on a culinary journey starting in the central Italian region of Umbria. Known for its truffles, game, small birds, lentils, cured meat and cheeses, one can expect to see these gastronomic tendencies feature throughout the varied but succinct carte.

Immensely talented head chef Robert Richardson will be at the helm preparing plate after plate of delectable dishes. Starting with the likes of the wild boar cacciatora – a style of flavoursome salami that hunters would traditionally carry with them – diners will press on to devour ox tongue served with heirloom beet agro dolce, a mouth-watering roast spatchcock served with chestnut gnocchi and confit shallot, and a side of asparagus featuring black olives and walnut. There are too many exquisite courses to name.  

Going even further to assure a thoroughly authentic affair, the especially considered wine list will boast a showcase of suitable native wines such as the sought after Montefalco Sagrantino amongst other characteristic central reds and sophisticated Italian whites. So we suggest you set aside the evening of Sunday 19th October, and allow yourself to succumb to the European charm of this central Italian province.

Click here to view the full Umbrian menu. Tickets are $65 person and can be reserved here

Piccoli Piatti

170 Jervois Road
Herne Bay
Auckland

(09) 376 5367

www.piccolipiatti.co.nz

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