Launch Party @ Artusi
Southgate has welcomed several new kids on the block this year, with Artusi being the latest newcomer to hit the Southbank complex. I was fortunate enough to experience the Modern Italian restaurant twice with an entree sitting during a Southgate Moveable Feast session and an invitation to attend their launch. I would like to thank Artusi, Southgate and Fuller PR for the opportunity to attend.
Guests were treated to some entertaining moments and great bites showcasing Artusi’s menu and their culinary talents.
Nothing says (or rather, sings) Italiano quite like an opera singer!
*Photo credit belongs to the talented and lovely Peach-water. (Check out her recap of the Artusi launch here)
MKR battle, between series 2 contestant Lee Chan and series 4 contestant Melina Bagnato.
Head chef Leandro Panza hard at work.
And now for the food…
I’m not usually a big fan of prosciutto, but the cured flavour in this instance was very well done and paired nicely with the crunch of the breadstick.
Broccoli filled potato parcels.
We had already been served this dish previously at our Southgate Moveable Feast session, and this was every bit as tasty as that first encounter.
Pumpkin, mustard fruit & amaretti cappelloni.
Wood roasted Berkshire pork belly, with pomelo, endive slaw, chilli & colatura di Alci.
Just like the potato parcels, we had tried the pork belly before and take 2 lived up to the heights of take 1.
Bocconcini with beetroot.
Soft and silky light bocconcini, yes! Beetroot, no thanks - just my dislike of beetroot speaking.
Tuna tartare, wrapped in lettuce.
Blue cheese fans (unfortunately not I), feast your eyes on this baby! A HUGE wheel of gorgonzola cheese with two layers of truffle.
Talk about gourmet…
Great food, great entertainment and great company = fantastic launch. Having had two very enjoyable experiences at Artusi, I’d be keen to revisit properly some time soon…
Disclosure: the opinions expressed in this post are based entirely on my experience and observations made during the time of my visit.
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Southbank, Victoria, 3006.
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