Last year we crowned lasagne with the title of Australia’s National Crisis Dish. The multi-layered masterpiece saw a real resurgence in restaurants around the country as lockdowns came into effect and comfort food became the order of the day.

So it makes sense that Brisbane's lasagne drive-through service launched in April, following that month's snap lockdown. The concept is by Jerome Dalton of Dalton Catering and CJ's Pasta (Dalton purchased the wholesale pasta brand in July last year).

Now the service is back from 2pm tomorrow and available for the duration of lockdown.

Choose between a beef ragu, beef ragu with black truffle and sand crab lasagne – all served with cheesy garlic focaccia. (You can also order a salumi box with house-made mortadella, salami, Italian bread and pickles, plus pasta packs of freshly made spaghettini, malfaldine and papardelle.)

Just be sure to phone ahead on 0404 219 757; these silky, saucy slabs are likely to sell out pretty quick. Thankfully, the service is operating every day this week, from 12pm to 5pm.

The team has also introduced a new concept this time around: the CJ’s Lasagna Slide-Thru, which will provide a free meal to the many hospitality workers who have lost their income stream or just need a delicious pick-me-up. Just roll up on Saturday from 5.30pm and score a free slab of lasagne (until they run out).

"By providing a free meal, we are hoping to free up a small amount of cash in the pockets of our community and to raise awareness of the reality that is afflicting thousands of hospitality workers," the CJ's team said in a press release.

"We are in a position where we can donate 100 meals per week without any donations, and we hope that the community will support us in order to get several hundred available every week."

Drive-through patrons can donate $5 to the "Slide-Thru" to support the initiative.

The drive-through is located at 22 Prospect Street, Fortitude Valley and opens at 2pm Wednesday. It will then operate every day of lockdown from 12pm to 5pm or until sold out. To receive hot "ready to eat" lasagne, pre-order on 0404 219 757. Without pre-order, the lasagnes will be sold chilled and "ready to heat" at home.

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