Every now and again a special event comes about that makes the whole world stop and take notice. Princess Diana's death, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Justin Bieber's DUI, and every year on the 5th of February, the holiest of holy days, World Nutella Day.
Despite a less than couth introduction to this unctuous brown squidge — as tiny tots in the playground scooping Nutella from small plastic vessels with tiny paddles — as adults we've come to appreciate that this 'spread' (hardly a fitting adjective for a condiment of its magnitude) is much, much more than an accompaniment to bread.
Europeans treat this 'brown gold' with the reverence it deserves, and, happily, these days you can find Nutella used creatively on a host of Brisbane's menus; squished on a pizza, piped into donuts, rolled into pastry, and melted between crispy bookends of piada; Yes, we're nuts about this hazelnut flavoured goop, and we're not ashamed to say it.
To celebrate World Nutella Day we are rounding up the best Nutella dishes around town. And if you can't get to one of these fine establishments today, grab yourself a tub of the good stuff and cheers to this special day with a teaspoon. (We're not fancy.)
Alfred and Constance's adjoining pizzeria, Alfredo's, has a heavenly dessert pizza on the menu that celebrates all that is good about the Nutella. Bananas, vanilla cream, and caremalized hazlenuts sit atop a brown base of Nutella-y goodness. Talk about la dolce vita.
On the Nutella-as-pizza-topping wagon are Vespa Pizza, with their Nutella and marshmallow calzone with vanilla gelato. Er, #shutup. Beccofino have a similar stuffed-pizza option: their classic Nutella calzoncino stuffed with banana and vanilla bean icecream.
James Street's Tinderbox serve a seriously good hazlenut gelato with blood orange. And Newmarket's new artisan pastry haven Crust & Co has a hazlenut and chocolate croissant that will make you weak at knees.
Bucci's bambino, Pronto Bucci is home to a truly mouth watering selection of toasted piada (that's a thin Italian bread squished to crispy perfection and to within an inch of it's life), but the most tempting of all is surely the 'Squisito'; a combination of banana, hazlenuts and Nutella. Breakfast of champions? We think so.
For a moreish take-home option, you can't go past Crumbs Bakery's Nutella cupcakes. They are their number one sellers, and for good reason. These little guys are squidgy, nutty perfection.
And, because you can't beat a classic, you can find the classic combo' Nutella on toast at Chester Street Bakery & Bar — albeit with the slightly fancy twist of using organic sourdough toast and Pepe Saya butter.