We got a little lost on our way but finally made it to Johnny De Francesco's restaurant 400 Gradi in Brunswick. Thankfully this extremely busy restaurant (with a line out the door) didn't give our table away even though we were 5 minutes late. It seemed to us that every one of the waiters there were Italian. We were humoured while waiting for our dinner by watching two staff having a heated conversation, which no one could hear because of the hundred other conversations taking place. For us it just added to the raw Italian feel of the place, you know? Two impassioned Italians in this setting - could we get more stereo-tyipcal if we tried?
David was so embarrassed that I asked the waiter for a photo, but like I said date night's are rare, and I'm also a blogger who wanted to capture the moment so I could tell you all about this delicious experience.
We started out with - cured meats, Italian cheeses, olives and marinated vegetables. I have never had prosciutto that tasted so good and just melted in my mouth. It redeemed past experiences where I have eaten slightly dry and chewier prosciutto; like at my wedding reception where I actually gagged hard on a piece of the stuff.
This plate was so full of flavour, and even the breadsticks were *more-ish
And then the pizza arrived ...
We ordered the Guancia - Matera, san marzano tomato, Fior di latte, pancetta, mushrooms, olives and loved every bite. The dough was light and thin where it should be - but not crispy and the crust was puffy and heavier than the base. It was the way pizza should be, in my humble quadruple citizen, but still not Italian, opinion. David had to remind me this was knife and fork pizza. If we could go back we would love to try their pastas and dessert.
Oh, and I must mention that we had great service, which to me just tops off the whole experience. You can have restaurants who think they are so good (arrogant), and/or too busy to give great, friendly service. This was not one of them. Our waiter was attentive even though he was busy, and the food came out on time and when it should come out (i.e.the appetiser before the main). It helped that the waiter looked like the italian version of my brother Josiah, and seemed similar in personality. Both guys are wonderful waiters too. It just happens to be Joe's birthday today so I may as well show you a picture of him in gold shorts and wish him a ...
Back on topic, I give 400 Gradi a 5/5 and a MUST TRY and MUST DO AGAIN!
*Australian way of saying you want more of the yummy stuff
**This is not a sponsored post. We wish, but it was worth every penny.