While Melbourne cuisine is a metropolitan blend, Italian food is perhaps the heart of Aussie tastes. Responsible for olive oil, coffee, pizza, and pasta being added to the outback diet, we have the Italians to thank for turning Melbourne into one of the top destinations for quality cuisine on the planet!
Below, QIKI provides a little history of how Italian foot and restaurants in Collingwood evolved over time. After tracing their origins to present day, QIKI’s “meal primer” shares some of the local specialties served the best Italian restaurants in Collingwood. Make sure to check out the “QIKI Tips” section for ideas on how to make sure you pick the perfect Italian restaurant in Collingwood for you! Keep reading more to learn about just how the Italian taste became so dear to Aussie hearts.
If one wants to start understanding just how immigration has helped Australia’s culinary culture, look back to several key “inflection points” of mass migration: the 1850s Gold Rush, Post-WWII refugees, and improved immigration laws from the 1970s. At each one of these points, Italian culture became more deeply embedded in the culinary sensibilities of Aussies. Post WW-II, Italian immigrants reinvigorated fresh produce in Australia, adding aromatics like parsley to delicious meals drenched in olive oil.
Don’t forget – these immigrants brought ESPRESSO to Italian cafes and restaurants in Collingwood. Can you even imagine the place without them? Italian cuisine is that foundational to Aussie food culture!
Italian restaurants in Collingwood serve traditional, authentic style cuisine from their homeland on the Mediterranean. That includes delicious San Marzano tomatoes, sweet grape wine, al dente pasta, homemade wood fired pizzas and more. We’re getting too hungry talking about it, so check below for the most popular dishes at Italian restaurants in Collingwood:
Focaccia is a flat-oven Italian baked bread, and the special local one comes packed with delicious garlic, parsley, and parmesan. A wonderful starter and alternative to garlic bread!
Arancini are little Italian bread crumb balls deep fried… but the mushroom version adds texture and depth of flavor that takes a simple dish and makes it wonderfully nuanced. Check it out on local menus in Italian restaurants near Collingwood!
An old classic, truly authentic margherita pizza is a masterpiece of Italian cuisine. Made with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, oregano, and olive oil, this pizza is a foundational part of the Italian diet. Throw on any toppings you like (e.g. – roasted bell peppers, mushrooms, sausage), but you can never lose going with a Margherita pizza.
Bolognese sauce is a meat-based dressing including ground beef, tomato paste, and sometimes red wine and parmesan cheese! If you are a bodybuilder or need protein in your diet, go Bolognese! It has the same depth of flavor as, say, a carbonara sauce, but it has the extra ground meat to fill you up.
Another Italian staple, lasagna noodles are a flattened pasta layered together alternating between al dente goodness and ragu, cheese, and veggie fillings. Seasoned with traditional Italian aromatics like basil and oregano, you cannot go wrong with lasagna if you are a cheese lover. And vegans rejoice – many Italian restaurants in Collingwood have vegan lasagna options!
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