48H PIZZA AND GNOCCHI BAR, ELSTERNWICK: A popular Italian restaurant with two branches, in Elsternwick and South Yarra – the Elsternwick branch also features a lunch menu. Not only do they feature finely sourced ingredients straight from the land of pasta and pizza itself, you’re also able to buy them fresh for home cooking! One must come to enjoy this restaurant for the quality of produce, handmade decadence and heartiness of traditional Italian food.
Antipasto 48h (Selection of Italian appetisers) – $25.0
The good fat: WOW! Antipasto platters have always been underwhelming for me, but this one was actually stunning. The highlight would definitely have been the buffalo mozzarella and two different types of prosciutto we were offered. The buffalo mozzarella is air freighted straight from Campania (a region in Italy famous for it), and no wonder, it was just light and heavenly. The prawns were juicy and refreshing, with a flavoursome and crunchy coating of prosciutto. Fresh hints of sourness and olives came from the octopus salad.
The bad fat: Nothing! More buffalo mozzarella please!
Agnello (Slow cooked lamb, tomato sauce, Taggiasche olives, wild mushrooms) – $22.5
The good fat: Texture of this gnocchi was close to one of the favourites I’ve had. Being not a huge fan of gnocchi, it is a dish that is difficult to please me, but I loved the slight graininess from the potato and the overall chewiness! A hearty and warm pasta with quality gnocchi, that would be perfect for Winter!
The bad fat: The lamb was not as tender nor juicy as I had expected. It was a little tough and dry. Portion of wild mushrooms was a little lacking whilst the tomato sauce was slightly one-dimensional.
Stradelle Aragosta (250g of lobster, prawns, pomodorini di collina, avruga Caviar) – $35.0
The good fat: This pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, made from the freshest quality of flour imported, once again, straight from Italy. Featuring some of the most luxurious items on the menu, it had generous servings of tender lobster, juicy prawns and splashings of delicious caviar, packed full of seafood flavour. An earthy and quality pasta perfect for those who indulge on seafood (like me)
The bad fat: A slight hint of chilli in the pasta would’ve added an interesting complexity in flavour that would’ve complemented the seafood.
Di Parma (Tomato sauce, mozzarella fior di latte, prosciutto di Parma, air freighted buffalo mozzarella rocket, Parmigiano) – $24.0
The good fat: This pizza took me right back to Naples – with the slightly charred base, the juiciness of the fresh tomato sauce sourced straight from Italy, and not to mention – the stunning bites of fresh buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto. Flawless execution of the toppings and a perfect base.
The bad fat: Nothing!
Tiramisu – $12.0
The good fat: Absolutely delicious tiramisu – one of the best I’ve had! The cream was smooth and thick, the lady fingers had been dipped in the perfect amount of liquor such that wasn’t too sweet. Strong hints of coffee came from the bottom of the jar that you could scoop up from the bottom and be treated to a mouthwatering blend of this traditional, Italian dessert.
The bad fat: NOTHING!
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – A popular, high quality Italian restaurant with amazing produce!
CHECK OUT 48H PIZZA AND GNOCCHI BAR HERE: http://www.48h.com.au
2wofatgirls would like to thank 48H Pizza and Gnocchi Bar for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration