We have some exciting news, Stefano Manfredi and the Balla family welcome back the Italian Regional Dinner Series for 2015, continuing to tell the Italian story through food and wine.

Over the past ten years, Stefano has followed his love affair of Italian food and wine to all the country’s regions, tasting first hand and sharing his knowledge in his restaurants and definitive cookbook, Stefano Manfredi’s Italian Food.

This year, Stefano will be collaborating with some of Australia’s most passionate Italian chefs including his fellow Lombardian and friend Alessandro Pavoni, owner of Ormeggio at The Spit, Gabriele Taddeucci, his Head Chef at Balla and Marco Ribechini, Head Chef at Manfredi at Bells, to and share with guests their specialty dishes from their own regions of origin.

Stefano Manfredi and Gabriele Taddeucci 2

Regional Dinner dates

Tuscany (Winter) – Tuesday 16th June

Event Details

Ticket cost from $95 per person

4-course regionally inspired menu

Guests take home a recipe for the main dish from the night Booking essential – reservations via calling The Star 1800 700 700

Tuesday 16th June will see a unique collaboration between Bells’ Head Chef Marco Ribechini and Balla’s Head Chef Gabriele Taddeucci as they share the dishes of their hometown of Lucca, Tuscany. Lucca embodies the art of understatement illustrating all that is admired about Italian cuisine;  fresh vegetable produce, fresh pasta, beans, salt-less bread, fruity olive oil and herbs.

Guests will enjoy the best of these, including Marco Ribechini’s Tordelli Lucchesi as well as Necci Lucchesi, Chestnut Crepes with Sweet Ricotta.

Stefano will speak at each event about the inspiration behind the menus. Balla sommelier Piero Fonseca will be in attendance to recommend matching Italian wines with each course or for the table.

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