I don’t know if I was over excited from seeing everyone gathered for a special 60th birthday or I was too impatient with my camera because I was hungry, but my photos weren’t nice but the food was at Santa Lucia @ Swinger Hill.
Not knowing exactly what I was going to get during this banquet, I just took it one plate at a time.
We started off with garlic bread, being hungry and not knowing how much was coming out I risked being filled by bread before I even started the banquet, but it was nothing special.
Then there was an anti-pasto plate filled with delicious cured meats.
Calamari Alla Griglia– Fresh squid char-grilled with a lemon, olive oil & garlic sauce served on a bed of rocket.
Next course- pasta (there was also spaghetti but I was too busy eating for photos), not small serves either! Vegetarians got huge serves of gnocchi (<they got to choose a pasta).
Paglia e Fieno “Straw and Hay” homemade egg and spinach spaghetti served in a light cream sauce with fresh mushrooms, peas and bacon A nice light creamy sauce on a perfect al dente pasta.
Spaghetti Alla Bolognese– A traditional tomato based ragú
Gnocchi Alla Romagnola Homemade potato dumplings tossed in napoletana sauce with mozzarella and parmesan cheese
Then when most people were becoming full, the mains with the salad and awesome roast potatoes arrive!
Vitello Alla Parmigiana– Lightly crumbed veal with grilled slices of eggplant, mozzarella and tomato sauce
Petti Di Pollo Con Funghi Al Cognac– Tender chicken breast fillets in a creamy mushroom and cognac sauce
And only one person had room for dessert (not included in the banquet)- panna cotta
Santa Lucia is a cute dim lit restaurant and the staff were really nice. The food was ok, not the best Italian food I have eaten. I didn’t realise the price of the banquet as someone was was nice enough to pay for us all and although we were full and even took left overs home, I probably would have preferred less anti-pasto and calamari and maybe a small tiramisu or something sweet.
Venue: Santa Lucia Trattoria
Address: Swinger Hill Shops, 84 Ainsworth St, Mawson ACT
Monday – Thursday $40.00pp
Friday – Saturday $45.00 pp
Sunday -$50.00 pp