Rising-star chef Sarah Cicolini from genre-pushing Roman restaurant Santo Palato and innovative natural wine winemaker Gianmarco Antonuzi from Le Coste are bringing a taste of Italy to Australia for a series of pop-up dinners and lunches.
This is the next instalment of the Fun Dining series by Giorgio De Maria of Fun Wines and Rootstock fame, who has been behind many immensely fun and delicious pop-ups. This new series is a celebration of traditional Roman cuisine and the minimal intervention wines produced a few hours' north of the Italian capital, overlooking beautiful, volcanic Lake Bolsena.
De Maria has joined forces with Flavio Carnevale of Sydney Roman restaurant Marta for a dinner on Sunday February 24 and, in Melbourne, with Andreas Papadakis, Alberto Fava and Luke Skidmore of Tipo 00 and Osteria Ilaria for lunch and dinner on Sunday March 3. There will also be a dinner in Hobart on Friday March 1 with Rodney Dunn from The Agrarian Kitchen and Luke Burgess from the now-closed Garagistes.
In other words, some very fine food operators and restaurants.
Cicolini abandoned her medical studies to pursue a cooking career, and since 2017 has redefining classic Roman food at her 35-seat restaurant in the inner-city neighbourhood of San Giovanni. It’s not a revolutionary approach – she uses excellent local ingredients and a restrained technique – but influential Roman food journalist Katie Parla, among others, says Cicolini’s food is thoughtful and doesn’t unnecessarily sacrifice tradition.
Her menu here will include classics like trippa alla Romana (a Roman-style tripe The New York Times described as “exciting”), carbonara, porchetta, misticanza (salad) and maritozzo (sweet bun).
Antonuzi will be pouring his Le Coste wines from an extended selection of current and back vintages. They are made without additions and aged in a 500-year-old underground cellar.
“This collaboration is a dream come true for everyone,” says De Maria.
The Santo Palato × Le Coste pop-ups will take place in Sydney on February 24, Hobart on March 1, and Melbourne on March 3. For bookings contact restaurants or see giorgiodemaria.com.