|Light features at Bacco Wine Bar, Chifley Square, Sydney|
|Giorgio Il Bello cocktail|
I think I may well have been more interested in licking the outside of the glass (though feeling pretty childish and silly) than the Aperol, elderflower, pinot grigio and homemade lemonade within the glass, with too many ice cubes. Nonetheless, at least it meant the drink lasted the amount of time it took me to lick all the sugar from the rim.
|Antipasti platter for SIFF Cocktail of the month|
The picturesque wooden board held a row of salami, building blocks of asiago cheese; thinly sliced, deliciously soft and ripe pear; roasted walnuts; and fine, crisp carta musica (or possibly thin, crispened pita bread). The crisp was thin and sharp enough to cut the salty, semi-matured cow’s milk asiago cheese from the Veneto region of Italy – a first for me, and definitely not the last. The cheese matched nicely with the walnuts, but especially the contrasting sweetness of the pear.
The paper thin pork salami reveals itself as the fennel seed variety – salame finocchiona – distinct in its particularly subtle aniseed flavour and completely moreish with its cured savouriness. It was an antipasti board to have you falling in love with all things Italian – especially the food culture.
Cocktails of the month: One down, about nine to go.