22.8 C
Byron Shire
May 8, 2021

A taste of Italy in Bangalow 

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Byron Council to introduce car-free Sundays in the centre of town

Byron Council has taken a further step toward getting cars out of, and pedestrians into, the centre of Byron, by voting to introduce car-free Sundays.

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

The Italian Diner at Bangalow

By S Haslam

Bangalow is a great place to meet friends for dinner, because it’s about 20 minutes from everywhere, unless of course you’re from Bangalow in which case you’re lucky to have a place like The Italian Diner in your town. And the feeling seems to be reciprocated, with owners Peter and Camille Timbs and family living just four minutes’ walk from work and loving the Bangalow vibe. 

‘We had two restaurants in the Brisbane CBD before we moved here. They were quite frantic, but here in Bangalow it’s a slower pace and we can spend more time with the customers; we really enjoy that,’ says Peter. 

‘The best thing about living and working in Bangalow is that when we moved we felt part of the community straightaway. That’s important for your health in this industry, when you work when everyone else is socialising’. 

Unusually, Peter has combined working in the media with hospitality. His last gig was on breakfast radio at MMM in Brisbane and freelancing for Who magazine and New Idea. ‘Before that I worked in the media for 15 years in Sydney doing morning TV and radio, which meant I had the rest of the day to work in hospitality.’ 

During our visit to The Italian Diner we felt we could relax and just have a good time. I’d recommend starting with the beautifully smoky arancini balls, or the beef carpaccio. The wine list is simple but balanced, with many Italian varieties and 90 per cent of them are by the glass. Peter told us, ‘At the moment we are offering an amazing Fiano, made in Australia although it is an Italian grape variety. It’s a fuller bodied white wine, a bit like a chardonnay, but not buttery or oaky. We also have a Sardinian Vermentino, made from older vines, with a mineral character that goes well with any seafood.’ 

And indeed the wine went beautifully with Spaghetti Vongole, made with white wine, garlic, and clams, and a ‘market fish’ special that has proved so popular it’s now made it to the menu permanently: Aqua Pazza (literally it means crazy water). It’s a fresh and clean way of cooking fish, poached in shaved fennel, olives, cherry tomatoes, and fish stock (originally in Italy it was cooked in seawater). 

They say that you should only order dessert when it’s something special. I’d recommend the chocolate mousse dessert, or my choice of ‘deconstructed’ strawberry panna cotta with raspberry compote and biscotti crumb. Peter orders local produce where possible, including the Brookie’s Mac macadamia nut liqueur, which gives a local twist to the traditional Italian affogato.

If you like the idea of al fresco Italian lunches overlooking the town – and in spring who doesn’t – this month sees a special $29 pasta-and-wine lunch with a pinot gris or a montepulciano, perfect for enjoying a taste of Italy in Bangalow. 

The Italian Diner.
37 Byron St, Bangalow.
Open Wed–Sun for lunch and dinner.
theitaliandiner.com.au
ph 6687 2247.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.