Manny’s Italian brings paella arancini and lychee panna cotta to Wellington Point
Culinary purists will tell you that you can’t mess with the classics, but if our tastebuds are any judge, some of our favourite meals come as a result of fusion. Manny’s Italian in Wellington Point is putting a tantalising spin on the iconic European mainstay, pushing boundaries simply for the love of food. If paella arancini and harissa lamb ribs fire up your salivary glands, then you’re going to get a kick out of what Manny’s got on offer.
If you ask any Wellington Point local for a food recommendation, odds are many of them will fervently praise Punjab Curry Club. It’s for good reason – this Indian restaurant is one of the best in town, which is why when locals heard of a new eatery in the works from the same team they paid close attention. Manny’s Italian is the brainchild of the titular Manny Singh, brother-in-law to Punjab Curry Club’s Rohit Pathak. After working in kitchens across New Zealand for the better part of a decade, Manny and his wife Aabha relocated to Brisbane and put wheels in motion for his own eatery. Seeing a gap in the Wellington Point market for a restaurant that blended inner-city sophistication with local accessibility, Manny decided to base his concept in the area, sourcing a space in close proximity to Punjab Curry Club on Main Road. After recruiting close friend and fellow chef Ashish to assist in the kitchen, the team got to work, installing an imported pizza oven and fashioning a space that was warm and welcoming.
Manny and Ash worked tirelessly to curate the menu at Manny’s Italian, sourcing the best ingredients from Italy and locally to make sure even the little touches have a big impact. The duo has imbued a few quirks inspired by Middle Eastern, Asian and even some various European cuisines across the board. Fans of the classics will still find plenty of morsels to enjoy, including Neapolitan-style pizzas made by an in-house pizzaiolo (margherita, diavola, funghi and gamberi), handmade pasta (gnocchi, confit duck ravioli and lamb ragu pappardelle) and entrees (bruschetta, fetta-stuffed fried olives and charcuterie), but look closer at the menu and it subtly offers up some distinctive choices. Those feeling adventurous can treat themselves to fusion favourites like paella arancini, Korean barbecue chicken wings, saffron prawn risotto, harissa lamb ribs, crispy pork belly and lychee panna cotta. The wine list offers a concise selection of drops that you won’t find at your local bottle shop, with an array of reds, whites and sparkling from Italy, Australia and New Zealand. The cocktail list offers some choice classics, while the beer list features local and imported tipples if you’d rather choose a brew.
Manny’s Italian is now open! If you’re after contact details and opening hours, check out the entry in the Stumble Guide.
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