While the thought of Italian food may conjure up pizzas and pastas, the heart of Italian cuisine is really about so much more. Chef HW Pieterse and his culinary team at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, in collaboration with renowned chef Fiamma Swainston, invite you to take a journey of culinary discovery as they treat your taste buds to an authentic Italian evening on Friday, 9 September. Leave your expectations at home and bring your curiosity along for an evening that celebrates the soul of Italian dining.
Fiamma, whose late father is Frank Swainston of Constantia Uitsig fame, attributes her earliest culinary inspiration to her passionate Italian grandmother. Surrounded by influential people with a great love for food and cooking, it’s no surprise that Fiamma spent her formative years developing her own career in restaurant kitchens, cultivating her love for Italian cooking and honing her impressive knowledge of the country’s traditional and regional cuisines.
Together with Fiamma, chef HW and his team will showcase a modern menu which remains true to its northern rural Italian heritage: focusing on flavour, quality locally-sourced ingredients and refined simplicity. Each dish will be carefully matched with wines from Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Italian-inspired Terra del Capo range.
The evening’s menu begins with hot fried tartines (mini toasts), with piquant fillings of anchovy, homemade pickled vegetables and olive tapenade (produced from L’Ormarins estate olives). Next, enjoy a trio of starters with porcini mushroom flan, roasted bone marrow and a pickled mushroom salad. The main course of creamy, slow-braised oxtail risotto with oxtail croquette and gremolata will transport you to a family dinner table in northern Italy. The dinner concludes with a decadent chocolate and amaretti pudding, and crisp fried sweet pastry ribbons to dip in your espresso.
The cost is R550 per person and includes the four-course meal, as well as all wines. Seating is limited to 30 people and pre-booking is strongly advised. For queries and bookings contact 021 874 9024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.