night is date night.
asked the lovely Deputy out for fancy dinner.
Piccolo is THE Saturday night date night restaurant.
a campari and orange on the rocks, we toddled off to dinner. Piccolo has two
sittings per night so I guess I'm officially old because I chose the 6 pm
option. In my defence, I had an ulterior motive – an evening that involved good
food and wine followed by a True Blood viewing, on the comfy couch, with the
was my third visit, and for lovely, it was his first.
enjoyed the food on both occasions, particularly the desserts, which are
standouts on the menu.
inspired, locally focused, intimate, Piccolo is a lovely restaurant serving
some of Hobart's most interesting food right now.
menu on date night included: Bruny Island Goat; Robbin Island Wagyu; Pirates
Bay Octopus; Bruny Island Suckling Pig and East Coast Calamari.
this occasion, a whole lot of capers had also died on the menu. I figure they
have shares in a caper farm.
feelings about the caper are similar to a 1950s approach to parenting, where
children should be seen and not heard. I want a gentle reminder that they are
part of the layers of flavours and textures that make up my meal but I don’t
need to push them out of the way just to get to the main event. In fact, I don’t
really want to see any one ingredient repeated more than twice on a menu.
is a wide range of menu choices at Piccolo.
crumbed east coast calamari with capers, parsley dressing and organic rocket and
fregola salad for $22.50.
crab and saffron ravioli with capers (see! see!) chili, tomato, celery hearts
and basil $24, $30.
venison loin with artichoke puree, savoy cabbage and pink peppercorn sauce,
beans with garlic and lemon olive oil, $9.80.
chocolate mousse with caramel pear, hazelnut icecream and honeycomb, $18.
|The dark chocolate mouse|
and nougat semifreddo with pistachio, mixed berries and ricotta dumplings, $18.
All the meals were superb and as predicted, the desserts were a revelation in every mouthful. Each meal was a layered complexity of component parts making for an enjoyable and beautiful plate.
sort of prices you can expect to pay are:
range from $9.50 to $24.50
dishes range from $22 to $30 and can be ordered in entrée or main portions
sit just under $40 each
are between $6 and $17.50
was a wonderful meal. Capers aside, I could not fault the food which was
did develop a wee tick about eating dinner at 6 pm however. I’m not so impressed
by limitation and scheduled sittings smack of both greed and control. It’s like
the restaurant wants my money and they’re going to define how I go about spending it. I
also don’t much like eating at 6, or at 8.30 either, although I am generally willing
to accommodate a staggered approach to reservations. You know, like when you
ring up to make a booking and ask for 7 and the restaurant says we’d love to
have you but we have 1350 other tables booked at that time, perhaps you’d like
to come at 6.30 or 7.30? The answer is always, absolutely! But being confined to one of two times and having to be eat and be out after two hours if you take the early sitting, well, it's uncouth!
have found some of Piccolo's service wanting in the past. An opinion shared by other
foodies with which I compare notes.
on heart, on date night, the service was attentive and didn’t suffer from the
same attitude that had been my experience the previous two occasions.
were a little slow of the mark getting us our initial drinks and we sat looking
at the wine list long enough to have withdrawals, but once they were in the
swing, the service was a well oiled machine.
Girl commends Piccolo to you. It is just delightful.
You'll find Piccolo at 323a Elizabeth Street, North Hobart. You'll need to make a reservation, so call them on 03 6234 4688 or email them firstname.lastname@example.org
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