That’s right kids – it’s been 26 weeks already, the halfway mark! Where did this spag bol lover decide to dine on such an occasion? Well, I wanted to keep this momentous one low-key, and thought it would be fun to try a style of restaurant not yet tested on this blog. A franchise. La Porchetta was were I found myself on this stinking hot Sunday evening.
Those unfamiliar with this franchise, it all started in 1985 in Carlton and has multiplied to over 80 locations across Australia and New Zealand. It’s cheap, fast, local, and easy. Their bolognese? See below.
Red, very red. The smell, look, flavour, and consistency resembled a thick tomato-paste-like taste. Not many up-sides to this one. The meat was tender however, it was hard to detect with the overpowering tomato flavour. It was also very finely minced with no noticable clumps. It was just all about the tomato here – tomato, tomato tomato. At one point I asked out loud, ‘am I eating napoli sauce?’. I don’t mean to be a spag bol snob or anything, but is it too much to ask for meat and tomato flavour to balance in a bolognese?
Positives were the seasoning and pasta consistency. Although La Porchetta’s spag bol may not be up to Spaghetti Blogenese standards, it will continue to feed the masses providing a convenient, easy, and familiar meal choice.
Price: Entree $11.30, Main $14.90
The good news to come out of this post is that Spaghetti Blogenese will be running a GIVEAWAY this week in celebration of the 6-month mark! A copy of Italian cookbook bible The Silver Spoon, the kitchen essential for Italian food lovers will be given away this week, all 1,263 pages of it!
For your chance to win, simply state in a few words what you love about Italian food by leaving a comment and your email address below this blog post. Double your entry by ‘liking’ Spaghetti Blogenese on Facebook here. Existing Facebook followers, simply state that you’re already a fan and your entry will be doubled too. The winner will be drawn at random on Friday March 2nd 2012. Australian residents only for this one.
Best of luck everyone!