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Published November 30th 2019
A very Roman feast for wine and pasta lovers
The word, Enoteca means wine repository but is also used to describe a special type of local or regional wine shop in Italy. It also has been used to describe a wine library and 1889 Enoteca in Woolloongabba is just that. A unique, elegant and cosy restaurant, in which you feel like you are dining in a big library of wine. The walls are lined with hundreds of bottles of mainly Italian wines and the atmosphere is very homey with an Italian feel.
1889 Enoteca is a Modern roman restaurant in the heart of Brisbane, which has been opened since 2008. I only had the pleasure of dining here with family last weekend.
You are greeted and taken care of by a fabulous Italian waitstaff, who seem very knowledgeable in all things to do with Italian food and wine.
We enjoyed a leisurely Sunday lunch here and had the Sunday family table menu which included 3 courses - antipasti, pasta, and dessert. They were served in the middle of the table to share and enjoy ($49 per person)
Our wine for the afternoon was chosen from their extensive wine list. It was a 2018 Rose from the Montepulciano region - a great choice as it was light and refreshing and seemed to pair well with our meal.
The antipasti was a lovely way to start sampling the Italian fare and included Salumi classico, Prosciutto di San Daniele, artichoke, fennel, preserved eggplant, capsicum and broccolini, which was accompanied with freshly baked bread and olive oil.
For the pasta course, we choose to have the Gnocchi (Pork and fennel sausage with Parmesan cream and black truffle tapenade) and the Rigatoni (All amatriciana - tomato sago, chilli, guanciale and pecorino Romano DOP).
The servings were very generous and extremely tasty. All pasta at 1889 Enoteca is handmade with authentic Roman flavours.
The final course was the dessert, which included a delicious and smooth as silk semifreddo with dried fig. The dessert course also included a cheese platter with a selection of Italian cheeses, crusty bread, grapes, honey, and warm roasted almonds.
We were unable to consume much of the cheese platter as we were very full with the semifreddo. We were able to take the leftover cheese platter home to enjoy later and not to waste such beautiful food.
1889 Enoteca is located in the old Moreton Rubber building on Logan road with parking out on the street, which was free on the weekend.
They also have a private basement level wine cellar for private dining functions for up to 42 persons. All bookings are done online or by phone. I would suggest making a booking to avoid disappointment as the restaurant was fully booked for the Sunday lunch last weekend.
It is obvious that the owners have gone to great lengths to maintain the atmosphere and feel of a true Roman-inspired wine cellar and have sourced an extensive collection of unique Italian wines to serve with their Italian menu.