Lombardy Dinner Pavoni and Manfreddi

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 2 November 2011
Stuck in the middle of two amazing Italian chefs-tough life!


What’s better than a passionate Italian man who can cook exquisite northern Italian dishes? Two Italian men who can cook exquisite northern Italian dishes, together, in the same restaurant, on the same night.
Ormeggio sits at the base of Spit Junction, Mosman on the picturesque waterside. It’s a long way from Brescia in Lombardy, Italy where long time friends Stefano Mandredi (Bells at Killcare and new restaurant Balla at The Star) and Alessandro Pavoni (Ormerggio and new restaurant Spiedo in Westfield) were born. Meeting in Australia the talented duo alternatively host an annual Lombardy dinner at their restaurants inviting guests to share in authentic cuisine from their homeland.
Each region of Italy has very different styles and popular dishes. In Lombardy fresh seafood, pork and polenta are common.
This evening’s menu included delicious Italian wines matched with each course. For entrees we had the Murray Cod, sauteed spinach, sultanas and caper salsa before moving on to the Maccheroncini with yabbies and toasted sesame.
No Lombardy dinner would be complete without Spiedo Bresciano with Polenta a combination of quail, pork and duck served with polenta and burnt sage butter.
For dessert the Monte Bianco of chestnuts, cocoa nibs sauce, chestnut milk curd, persimmon.

Murray Cod, sauteed spinach, sultanas and caper salsa

Spiedo Bresciano

Alex Keene (seen on Masterchef) and Alessandro