Italiano pop-up restaurant

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Italiano Evening

At AUT, we are committed to helping our students develop practical skills and valuable industry experience. A themed pop-up restaurant — created and hosted by our Bachelor of Culinary Arts students — is an integral part of this degree.

On 5 June, an enthusiastic group of students hosted an Italiano Evening at AUT's Four Seasons restaurant. The venue was transformed into a little Italian village, with authentic Italian colours, music and aromas.

Guests were warmly welcomed with a complimentary hot beverage, having the choice between a glass of mulled wine and an Italian speciality. The menu included a wide array of Italian favourites, beginning with a selection of entrees including Squid and Jerusalem artichoke salad, Arancini with passata and Terrine of duck and pork with bruschetta. The main options ranged from Osso Bucco style lamb shank with risotto to Mushroom gnocchi and baked Monkfish wrapped in prosciutto. The dessert choices included tiramisu, dark chocolate cake, and pear and almond tart with gelato.

It was a night that celebrated little Italy and a group of talented students with a bright future in the food industry.

Guest feedback

"My family and I really enjoyed the Italiano night. The service was warm and friendly, if a little nervous at times. All staff were helpful and smiling throughout the night. The food was excellent value for money and flavourful. Our table of four had most of the dishes between us and the plates returned empty to the kitchen. Well done to all."
- Robert Haddock

Student feedback

"I have learnt such a lot through this exercise and it was great fun."
- Kristy Sze

Lecturer feedback

"I was very proud of the front of house and kitchen teams that put this together. They were well motivated, enthusiastic, creative and worked hard to pull this off after only 6 weeks."
- Gina Harrap (Senior Lecturer, Culinary Arts)


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Last updated: 02-Jul-2015 1.15pm

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