It’s September, which means I’ve been on this mission for almost a year now! The finale is next Thursday where the winner will be announced. I’ve got three more spag bols to review between now and then. Oh, and I need to pick a winner too….eeeek! A tough task I have ahead indeed.
How could I undergo this challenge without visiting one of Melboune’s most prestigious Italian restaurants housed at 101 Collins Street, The Italian. I should preface by saying Spaghetti Bolognese does not sit on their menu, but like a few other places I have visited throughout the year it can be orded on special request.
Dark in colour, the pasta looked super fine and it smelled delightful. As you can see, The Italian opt to stir their sauce through the pasta, which followers of the blog will know by now resonates well with me.
The flavour was very rich and well rounded with a good mixture of meat and tomato. The sauce had a bit of a smokey note to it which added character – I suspect some worcestershire sauce was used in this one and I rather enjoyed that element. The meat was tender and full of flavour, which meant little pockets of awesome melted in my mouth as I chowed through the sauce.
The texture of the meat was fine and I would have preferred the meat clump size slightly bigger. The spaghetti strands were delicate in size a texture – it was cooked al dente and the thickness of the spaghetti strands were on the finer end of the scale.
There wasn’t much liquid encasing the meat and pasta, which meant the sauce and pasta didn’t marry as well as I like. I also thought there could have been more seasoning.
All in all a delicious version which rang true to a traditional bolognese. It was deep, developed and very flavoursome. A few points deducted for the consistency and overall texture.
Note: dishes which score 16+ are contenders for the title of Melbourne’s best Spaghetti Bolognese. All scores above 16/20 will be disclosed at the finale party next week!