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Fresh Roman Dining at 1889 Enoteca | The Verdict

By Desta Cullen - 01 Nov 2013

There's a saying that goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", which is definitely sound advice on how to travel incognito in another country. We think there is a grain of truth in that particular adage: to be just as good at life as the Romans is a noble aspiration. The food, the city, the fashion, and the wine; it's hard not to envy the effortless cool Romans exude. 

Although they have centuries of culture on us, there's no time like the present to catch up. To start, why not immerse yourself in the inner-city Roman enclave that is 1889 Enoteca, right in the middle of the Woolloongabba antiquing heartland. 

Known for beautifully presented, scrumptious food, and a beyond well stocked vinaio—Italian for wine store—Enoteca is the perfect place for a stylish and traditional lunch with modern flair.

For something fresh and light try the thinly sliced rare veal with tuna mayonnaise, olives and zucchini, or the delicate fried zucchini flowers, mozzarella and anchovy. If you have a hunger worthy of a Roman emperor, then try the Cape Grim beef sirloin with rocket, Parmigiano Reggiano and 10 yr aged balsamic to set the afternoon on the right track.  

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The extensive wine list is brimming with natural wines, something that is 1889 Enoteca's specialty. Natural wines pay homage to a bygone era of Italian wine production when there was an emphasis on small crops, indigenous yeasts, minimal technological input plus little or no chemicals. The resulting wine is generally organic or biodynamic and provides a faithful representation of the wine's true terroir.

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Inspired by a trip 1889 Enoteca owner Dan Clark took in 2010, natural wines became the focus of 1889 Enoteca's wine store and enoteche, or wine library. As a result, both the food and wine menus have been meticulously curated and the knowledgeable sommeliers are only too happy to recommend superb pairings. 

If you want to take some of those skills home with you then you are in luck. Not only do they stock unique, rare and artisan wines from natural and biodynamic producers, they also run special wine education (imagine the homework!) tastings and dinners. Delish and informative! 

So if you want a crash course in how to become un vero Romano in our fair humid city, visit 1889 Enoteca pronto!

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Image credit: Daniel Maddock

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