Saturday, 2 August 2008

Lunch at Pane e Vino

Three of us decided to go out for a catch up lunch on Friday afternoon in the city. Because we had left things until the last minute we really weren't sure where we wanted to go and had resolved to meet in the city and just see what was around as we walked the streets.

We decided to try Pane e Vino. I had been there a few times for dinner and I've enjoyed it a lot but DD isn't a big fan. On this day they were quite busy with only a few available tables. We sat on the street, comfortable on a chilly day next to two happily burning braziers.

Unfortunately, their service suffered a little in the lunch rush. It was a long time before we were approached for our order and it ended up taking about an hour to get our food. We were watching other people who arrived after us getting their meals before we had even ordered. We discovered as we were paying though that Pane e Vino take phone orders at lunch time and this is why everyone seemed to be getting served before we did. I highly recommed the pre-ordering, it was clear that the number of pre-orders was pushing back the orders taken from diners in the restaurant.

Anyway, once our food did arrive it was very good. We ordered:

Ricotta and buffalo raviloni with dill, parsley and marscapone cream sauce (pasta special)

Insalata Cesare: sweet cos leaves mixed with diced crispy bacon, egg and traditional caesar dressing finished with shaved parmesan and crisp foccacia croutons

Tortellini Primavera: ricotta filled tortellini tossed with seasonal fresh and marinated vegetable, served in a napoli sugo

I had the special pasta (ricotta and buffalo raviloni) because I was in the mood for something soothing and creamy. The dill flavour really permeated throughout the sauce and it matched the gentle flavours of the ricotta and buffalo. The serving was so big but I enjoyed it so much that I ate it all.

My lunch dates also enjoyed their meals. The food was lovely and we now know how to avoid the service delays if we go back in the future. I'd be happy to go there for lunch again.

Pane e Vino
Corner Albert and Charlotte Sts
Brisbane 4000
Ph 07 3220 0044

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