Published on 29 April 2020
The order: Polpette in sugo (x 2), Grossi family lasagne (1.5 kg), fresh tonnarelli (500g), Grossi family tiramisù.
The review: Growing up in the 80s, special occasions were always celebrated at the grand Italian restaurants of Melbourne. Bortolotto’s, Marchetti’s Latin and the Florentino. I was just a kid but I could tell these restaurants were fancy by the way the way the waiters pounced as soon as my mum reached into her bag for a Benson & Hedges Extra Mild – not to scold, of course, but to offer a match immediately. It was in these fine establishments we were introduced to waiters serving a deliciously sweet dessert we had never seen before, right from the bowl it was made in. Tiramisù had arrived to knock the sticky date off its 80s perch. Its popularity in our house was cemented when mum begged The Latin for the recipe; permission was granted and a fax arrived shortly thereafter. Tiramisù was served as dessert for all 80s dinner parties from then on, usually following chicken in fillo, and most likely served with Tia Maria or Kahlúa while listening to Boz Scaggs.
The love affair with Grossi Florentino continues now with my own family. We’ve always loved sneaking into the Cellar Bar for a quick bowl of pasta, so it was pure joy to receive some of our favourite dishes delivered on Saturday afternoon, ready to cook, the pick-me-up we all needed.
The family lasagne arrived still warm and only needed 20 minutes in the oven to realise its full creamy, meaty, cheesy deliciousness. The family-sized serve easily fed our family of four (and we’re not shy of seconds), and I knocked up a salad of cos leaves, lemon and parmesan to mop our plates. We threw the tonnarelli in a pot of salted boiling water, drained them and covered them with the polpette in sugo. The meatballs were tiny and cute, holding together beautifully and then flaking with the touch of a fork. A buttered breadstick, a little touch from our own casa, made the perfect partner. Then it was tiramisù time, the Sambuca-soaked lady’s fingers mingled with the mascarpone, coffee and cocoa to create the perfect Saturday night iso-dessert. Four thumbs up.
Streaming with: It was family night at our house so we went with Jojo Rabbit. Five stars given across all age groups.
Price: $112 including delivery – score!
Leftover potential: For night two, we whipped up a loaf of garlic bread and padded things out with another green salad to mop up the last of the meatballs. Full bellies for a family of four for two nights running.
Pick up or delivery? Both. Delivery is $10 to addresses within a 15 kilometre-radius of the restaurant. It’s a minimum $50 order, and the drop-off window is three hours. Grossi a Casa meals are also now also stocked at Boccacio Cellars.
Booze option: Italian favourites (Peroni, bottled Negroni, and others ending in vowels) and some Aussie classics.
Why you should order: Because the Grossi family have been feeding the people of Melbourne with love for decades, and no one does it better, in or out of lockdown.
Grossi a Casa, 80 Bourke St, Melbourne. Pick up Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; delivery Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm to a 15km radius of CBD. Place orders by 4pm for next-day delivery. Contactless delivery where possible. Minimum $50 order value applies for delivery, $10 flat delivery fee. grossiacasa.com, 0417 039 188, email@example.com.
By Camilla Jones
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