Influence and Origin of Italian Food in Brisbane and Australia
Australia has been in love with Italian food since Italian migrants introduced us to pizza and pasta. The country’s relationship with the cuisine may have started with the basics but it took off rapidly, and the passion for quality Italian fare is ever evolving.
One thing that is always in demand of a good Italian restaurant is authenticity. A theme that is fickle when every family, let alone region across Italy has varying recipes and different techniques for every dish. If that isn’t the absolute heart and soul of Italian food, then what is?
Origin of Italian Food in Australia
Many people think that Italian food came to Australian shores following the influx of European migrants in the 1950s following World War II. Although it took the mass-migration along with some clever Italian salesmen to really get Australians to fall for parmesan and basil, you can trace Italian food in Australia back to the 1850s gold rush.
Influence of Italian Cuisine on Australian Food Culture
Australians are pretty familiar with Italian food these days. They know how a cappuccino should look, that pasta should be cooked al dente and the best pizza is woodfired. The coffee culture that Australia is globally known for is directly thanks to the Italian communities. Great Italian food is made with fresh, delicious produce. Luckily Australia has that in abundance!
Gemelli’s Role in Italian Food in Australia
The best Italian restaurants aren’t from people who just studied Italian cuisine, or who simply love the food (don’t we all!). The best Italian restaurants are opened by those who have the community ingrained into them. Those who were brought up doing annual passata or salami days, or whose Nonni influenced the way they learned to love and appreciate food. The best Italian restaurants come from a childhood love of the culture and cuisine. Gemelli has that with the three brothers, Paul, James and Alec who grew up surrounded by the rich agricultural Italian community in Griffith, New South Wales.
Our emphasis is on authenticity and soul-warming dishes. Recipes from the Gemelli kitchen, and from our Nonna, are often hand-made and created from imported Italian ingredients.
Book your table at one of our beautiful Brisbane Italian restaurants today.