James Street Restaurants for Regional Italian Food, QLD
If you are looking for home-style, regional Italian food in Brisbane, Gemelli is the place for you. We are known for delicious modern Italian cuisine that is firmly rooted in a deep love for the rustic, regional cuisines of the home country. In this blog, we introduce readers to the many diverse regions of Italy and how our menu is influenced by the culinary heritage of each one.
The Emilia-Romagna region of Italy is famous for the umami flavours of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, the iconic Bolognese sauce and the deep, complex flavours of aged balsamic vinegar. The culinary fare from this region is a celebration of meats, hearty pasta and cured meats such as ‘Prosciutto Di Parma’.
At Gemelli, we pay homage to the fine ingredients from this region with our ‘Rocket Salad’, a simple dish of peppery rocket leaves, vibrant cherry tomatoes, red onion for a bit of sharpness, all tied together with a rich combination of parmesan and balsamic dressing sourced from the region.
Looking for something a bit more substantial? We recommend the ‘Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi’ with gorgonzola, fontina, asiago, Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh cream.
Sunny Campania is a region of Italy, characterised by its fertile volcanic soil, which affords lush produce like San Marzano tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, salad greens, figs and lemons. The pizza we all know, and love today is a descendant of the world’s first pizzeria, which was born in Naples. When fresh mozzarella, sweet tomatoes and a bread-loving culture combine, one delicious pie follows.
The rich, fertile volcanic soils of Campania yield a bounty of ingredients. From the world-famous San Marzano tomato, fruity peppers, figs and perfumed lemons, the food of this region is all about letting the ingredient shine.
At Gemelli, one of the most popular James St restaurants in Brisbane, the bounty of Campania is reflected in our ‘Rigatoni Ragu’, a rich, 8-hour slow-cooked oxtail and pork shin ragu balanced with the sweet and tart flavours of crushed San Marzano tomato.
We also recommend the ‘Fettuccine Campagnola’, a finely balanced dish with ham, green peas, mushrooms and cream.
Tuscany’s rich history of exemplary cheeses, bread and olive oils is well-represented in Gemelli’s menu. Our love for Tuscan produce has led us to include the famous Pecorino Toscano, a mild sheep milk cheese on our menu.
We also recommend the ‘Gnocchi Zucca’, with roasted pumpkin, pine nuts, earthy sage, cream to tie it all together and Pecorino cheese for a savoury flavour that brings out the best in each ingredient on the plate.
Rustic, Regional Italian Food in Fortitude Valley
Gemelli has always been associated with authentic, regional Italian food in Brisbane. Whether it’s cheese, olive oil or tomatoes, we insist on sourcing the best ingredients from trusted suppliers across Italy. Contact us today to find out more about curated regional Italian food in Fortitude Valley, or book a table with us now.