By Freya Ensbey. Photos: Salt Meats Cheese.
We have watched many food trends emerge over the years,
taking the hospitality industry by storm and leaving just as quickly as they
came. One cuisine trend which has stayed true to its inherent self and stood
the test of time here in Australia is Italian cuisine.
Be it an easy midweek pizza base topped with cheese and
whatever meat is left over in the fridge or a popular family favourite of "spag
bowl” and a glass of red wine on a weekend in front of the telly, we have unconsciously
adopted the cuisine as our own cultural norm.
Family owned Italian restaurant group, Salt Meats Cheese, brings us a taste of the food and traditions from their motherland, blending it
with a Modern Australian twist and spreading their passion across the country
with great momentum.
Now boasting five restaurants across Sydney in Mosman,
Alexandria, Drummoyne, Broadway and Bondi Junction; along with two successful
cooking schools, a bustling restaurant in the heart of the Gold
Coast in Surfers Paradise, a venue at the trendy Gasworks precinct in
Brisbane, and a local food truck called ‘Fuel’ making regular pit stops at
well-known weekend markets as well as being available for private function
hire, Salt Meats Cheese are the three words on every honest gourmands lips
Most Italian cooks would cringe at the thought of us mere
mortals using generic, non-artisan packet pasta, which is why creating your own
from scratch is an integral part of being in any Italian kitchen. Salt Meats
Cheese have created their very own cooking
school classes through their Bondi Junction and Surfers Paradise restaurants
to allow home cooks who may not have flour running through their veins, the
fundamentals of creating perfect pasta and pizza bases from scratch.
Beginning with creating the dough, enjoy an antipasto snack
as you wait for it to rise before kneading it, rolling it through a traditional
roller and finally turning your pasta sheets into fabulous fresh pasta which is
finally created into a tasty dish to be enjoyed together as a class with a
glass of wine. These classes make for the perfect birthday gift for any
buddying cook, as a fun activity to enjoy with friends or as a corporate team
As the name suggests, Salt Meats Cheese also specialise in
cured meats and cheese. Expect to find an impressive delicatessen stocking high
end cured meats, premium salami, Italian sausages and smoked ham varieties, with
perfectly paired gourmet cheese
platters and charcuterie boards available to order for any function or
The Italians have a saying for when two things fit together
seamlessly, "Come IL Cacio Sui Maccheroni.” This literally translates to "like
cheese on macaroni,” possibly the greatest pairing of all time, which is why
Salt Meats Cheese have created the Flaming Cheese Wheel experience, bringing
together freshly cooked pasta and melted cheese. Diners watch in awe as their steaming
pasta is tossed around a hollowed out cheese wheel bowl which has been lined
with alcohol and ignited to begin the melting process right before their eyes
at the table, the chosen pasta taking on an oozing cheesy persona and served
straight onto your plate. For the gourmands who prefer a more mature taste,
this experience is also available using a wheel of truffle pecorino cheese - a truffle
lover’s dream come true. These cheesy nights are held throughout the week on
specific nights in each restaurant, so be sure to enquire first before you make
a booking to avoid disappointment.
We are excited to keep following the journey of Salt Meats
Cheese, watching as they plough on, full steam ahead, forging an inspirational
path fuelled by pure passion and love of their culture, and hopefully arriving
at a stop near you soon as they continue to rise.
Find your nearest venue at www.saltmeatscheese.com.au.