Italy draws many travelers’ who are keen on exploring its breathtaking scenery, vibrant culture, and gastronomical delights. While this beautiful Mediterranean land seems miles away from the land Down Under, its unique and rich cuisine is deeply embedded in the hearts of many Australians and other people around the globe.
So, if you are looking to try something new or planning to spice up your love for Italian food, surprise your taste buds with the bursting flavours of classic Italian entrees. Find yourself in a sea of countless famous and traditional must-eat foods. Explore Italy in a spoonful and relish a multitude of popular Italian delicacies and dishes without leaving home.
There’s no better way to start your five-course Italian meal but with an appetising entrée. A delicious discovery awaits. Enjoy the authentic taste of these tasty dishes and take a bite of Italian culture with you.
Classic Taste, Bursting with Flavours
Whenever you go and visit an Italian restaurant, you often find yourself overwhelmed with so many choices. From the most popular Italian specialties to the finest seasonal delicacies, you would need multiple lifetimes to sample all the best Italian food in Melbourne, and that’s before you even consider dessert and drinks.
Before you start to panic, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best Italian entrées you’ve got to try. Don’t miss a chance to score the best dishes and tuck in a delightful treat only here at Cucina Dolce!
1. Salted Peppered Calamari
If you’re a fan of all things crispy and seafood, you just might find yourself in love with the Salt and Pepper Calamari. It is crispy on the outside and oh-so-tender on the inside. This perfectly seasoned dish is dusted in corn flour and flash-fried to crisp perfection.
Most restaurants like to serve this Italian entrée with a side of fresh rocket salad, dressed in balsamic vinegar topped with a dash of parmesan.
Whenever you order this dish at Cucina Dolce, we cook it gluten-free. So, you and all of your friends can relish the scrumptious calamari dish many people go crazy to taste.
2. Garlic Prawns
Who’s craving for a big pile of plump juicy prawns marinated in garlic, seared until golden and laced with creamy sauce? Are you? Who wouldn’t?
The mouthwatering combination of Tiger prawn cutlets served with fresh garlic, sautéed spinach and walnuts on a bed of rice in a creamy sauce are just a delight to taste.
What’s even better is that this Italian entrée offers a unique kick of flavour in the taste buds. It introduces the mild flavour in your mouth and finishes off with a creamy and decadent taste.
3. Crispy Eggplant Chips
Starting your meal with chips can be a great way to spice up your taste buds.
Unlike potatoes and polentas, these deep-fried eggplant chips are an excellent alternative to your higher carb chips. Have you tried crispy eggplant chips? If you haven’t, you are definitely missing out.
You can have a bite of these popular and delicious Italian entrée at Cucina Dolce. A serving of our Crispy Eggplant Chips is one of our many vegetarian dishes.
The crispy eggplant is seasoned with parmesan on a balsamic reduction aioli, topped with shaved parmesan and garlic aioli These chips are crispy on the outside with juicy tender centres, it’s hard to stop at just a couple.
4. Sweet Lips
Wondering what does a plate of Sweet Lips taste like? Well, it’s not really sweet. It’s rather savoury! Head straight to Cucina Dolce to find the best Sweet Lips in town.
Cucina Dolce offers the perfect mix of Italian seasonings blended with homebrew Australian flavours. This dish consists of evenly seasoned wedges with a dip of sour cream and sweet chilli sauce
5. Dolce Chunky Chips
Nothing beats a pregame dish like the beer-battered chips seasoned with spices with a drizzle of garlic aioli. The seasoned chips turn extra-crunchy when you coat it in a simple batter moistened with a can of beer.
The combination of light beer, flour, egg whites, and a touch of special seasonings make the lightest, crispiest coating for fried chunky chips.
6. Chicken Soprano
Don’t miss out on one of the most scrumptious Italian dishes. A plate of Cucina Dolce’s Chicken Soprano is packed with juicy house crumbed chicken pieces served on a bed of rocket with chilli mayo aioli. Chicken Soprano is one of the most popular dishes in Cucina Dolce.
This Italian entrée has many variations, but the gist is crumbed chicken meat seasoned with parmesan cheese.
Who’s Up for Starters?
Crostini, breadsticks, pesto spreads, antipasto platters, and arancini are just a few of the Italian starters everyone loves so much. Now, if you are down for some Italian starters, visit Cucina Dolce and check out these dishes:
Focaccia is one of the most popular Italian bread. It has a crisp outside and soft inside, and is perfect to serve with dinner, soups, stews, or even sliced in half and used for sandwiches. What’s more? It’s also naturally vegan; thanks to its ingredients.
Cucina Dolce’s Herb Focaccia is oven-baked, seasoned with special herbs, drizzled with olive oil and dashed with a bit of sea salt.
Garlic & Cheese
Want a bite of that oozing cheesy goodness? Then a piece of garlic and cheese bread is perfect for you. Everything is always much better with a warm slice of cheesy garlic bread straight from the wood-fired oven.
This wood-fired baked bread is topped with a healthy dose of fresh garlic, cheese and herbs, drizzled with olive oil. It tastes great when dipped in marinara sauce or served as a side to all your favourite pasta and soups.
Olive & Feta
A piece of olive and feta bread is another wood-fired baked favourite. The savoury taste of feta cheese, topped with cured kalamata olives, and finished off with sea salt makes all the difference. You’d surely want more than a bite of this classic starter.
Pesto & Parmesan
Are you a fan of both pesto and parmesan? Be surprised with this delightful treat. The wood-fired baked classic spices up your day with an exciting mix of pesto and fresh parmesan. Everything you could ask for in an Italian starter.