Big cheese enthusiast? Italia Di Gusto are holding two incredibly tempting cheese tasting nights in November. On November 5th, it will be a parmesan evening, structured around how to take parmesan from appetiser to cake. Then on November 12, there will be an evening dedicated to pecorino, tasting the the different types and maturation. Both are completely free, and run from 5pm-8pm.
Italia Di Gusto is the new kid on the proverbial Sydney cheese shop block, bringing traditional Italian dishes, specialty pasta and cheeses that are not your average cheddar, to the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
Their focus is on authentic flavours that are faithful to Italian traditions, where the animals are raised on pastures and prepared with techniques passed down from father to son.
With their simple white décor and endless shelves packed with authentic Italian goodies and a menu packed with the classics, Italia Di Gusto is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Elizabeth Street and enjoy a traditional Italian meal, just like Nonna used to make.
From the menu, you can expect some of your old favourites. Think classic tomato bruschetta with basil and garlic or fresh homemade pasta with tomatoes and chilli. With weekly specials like spaghetti alla bolognese, you can enjoy a home cooked meal without ever lifting a finger, but you will have to lift a fork (worth it).
The mixed platter of cheeses and cured meats at Italia Di Gusto is a no-brainer. We all know it would be wrong to visit an Italian deli without sampling the truffle cheese or the gorgonzola, so be sure to order up big. Priorities, guys.
Italia Di Gusto has your lunch break sorted with their fresh wraps and sandwiches, loaded with premium meats, cheeses and fresh salads, and yes you can ask for extra cheese, don't panic.
If you don’t mind a little bit of hard work, you'll love the shelves packed with fresh ingredients imported straight from Italy so you can whip up a gourmet creation of your own. With fresh pasta, bottled tomatoes, hot pepper cheese and cured bresaola, you shouldn’t have any problems impressing the family at dinnertime.
So hop down to Elizabeth Street to fulfil your Italian needs. The antipasti awaits!
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