Founded by Italian cousins Stefano de Blasi and Edoardo Perlo, Salt Meats Cheese is taking over the Australian east coast with their delicious authentic and inventive Italian cuisine.
This week, a new Salt Meats Cheese Italian emporium has arrived in Brisbane.
The family-run restaurant slash super-deli slash cooking school concept launched in Sydney in 2011 and has since expanded north to Queensland, with a restaurant in Surfers Paradise and a floating pizzeria food truck available for events.
At the new Salt Meats Cheese in Newstead in Brisbane, you'll find the same casual, grassroots Italian dining the group is known for - doughy wood-fired pizzas, fried calamari, charcuterie, fresh pasta and rich, saucy risottos.
As well as this - Stefano and Edoardo will be serving a few imaginative Italian drinks. Brisbane will be the first to experience Salt Meats Cheese's gelato cocktails, which are a twist on the classic affogato made with vodka, Kahlua, cold drip espresso, muscovado sugar, and salted caramel gelato.
"We are seeing a stronger cocktail and wine culture in Brisbane at the moment, compared to Sydney," explains Stefano. "Guests are eating less food to leave extra space for drinks, which was one of the reasons why we created a selection of gelato cocktails for this venue."
"[Gelato cocktails are] not something we’ve launched in any of the other restaurants yet so Brisbane is the first market to experience them. It’s a great fit for the Brisbane summer and can be the perfect, refreshing drink to start your dinner or an indulgent way to cleanse the palate."
They'll also be serving their Instagram-worthy cappuccino cone, which is basically a regular coffee served in a chocolate coated ice cream cone instead of a mug or paper cup. Apparently, the chocolate cone will hold for about 15 minutes before it starts to melt.
If coffee in a waffle cone or ice cream in your drink sounds a little too wild - go for the classic Italian experience. "We are expecting Salt Meats Cheese Gasworks to be a long-lunch place over the weekend where you can enjoy an Aperol Spritz and some live music during a Sunday Session," says Stefano.
And the Salt Meats Cheese east coast take-over is due to continue. "We are looking to open another venue in Brisbane as well as one in the Sunshine Coast, plus we have some new venues coming in Sydney over the next year."
Get Stefano and Edoardo's cocktail recipe, here.