Grappino Trattoria Italian Restaurant, 226 Given Terrace, PADDINGTON QLD 4064

Last Thursday marked the 42nd wedding anniversary of the other travel bunnie's parents. As a celebration, we all went out to Grappino. I mean, what's more festive than devouring great food?

Grappino is a little Italian restaurant located in foodie precinct of Paddington and does a good job at being unique and differentiating itself from neighbouring restaurants which include the ever so popular Montrachet. The internal walls of the restaurant are lined with movie stars from italian mafia classics of a past era while the colour scheme of lime green and soft pastels confirm the bistro feel of a retro inspired family eatery.

The menu is not excessive but the black boards on either of the main walls offer daily specials. We share two Antipasti, Chef Alfredo's daily creation including prime seasonal shellfish mediterraneo and Italian larder delicatessen and House Trattoria Ciabatta Bread to start with which got everyone into the italian mood. Mains included the Scallopine Funghi, Pork rack, and two pasta dishes Fettuccine Alla Fungi seasonal mushrooms cooked with white wine and cream topped with parmigiano and truffle oil and Gnocchi traditional bolognese style. All of the pasta dishes were cooked al dente and the sauces were not so strong as to overpower the individual flavours of the dishes. The Veal was tender and perfectly thin while the pork dish was very generous in in its portion but still juicy and well seasoned throughout.

No celebration would be complete without desserts. The Bunnies shared a creamy yet firm tiramisu which was divine and there was also a Crespelle Di Arancia, thin crepes flamed with mandarin liqueur served with vanilla bean ice cream with valencia orange slices, cooked in its own juice, which was a little taut but still tasty.

Grappino is a great place for a midweek Italian meal and the bunnies absolutely loved it.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $290 (or there abouts).

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