Thursday, 15 July 2010

Donnini's Ciao Italia

Donnini's has been around long enough to become a Cairns institution down at The Pier with a loyal following. Suffering the early symptoms of a swinely flu KS bravely ventured down to The Pier on a cool Wednesday night along with his Pasta-Fiend accomplice.

We were asked on arrival if we would be using our Table 52 card and then presented with a separate menu.
The Table 52 menu was mostly pizza and pasta and excluded the more highly priced a la carte mains although this appeared to be within the price range terms and conditions of the card.

KS sought some heat with an Italian sausage pasta while the Pasta-Fiend chose the Capesante Salmone e Spinache with salmon and scallops. The waiter congratulated on astute use of the card with these selections.  The selctions came with an appreciated bowl of chilli oil to provide and required additional kick!

Albeit with taste sensations somewhat restricted the Italian sausage pasta was excellent with enough heat to clear the head and induce some sensitive throat sensations. Perhaps I added too much chilli oil? The Fiend was also highly impressed with her selection and rated it among the best in town although still not a match for the recent 'best pasta ever' at Salsa Bar in Port!

The meals were more than enough to exclude any contemplation of a tempting desserts menu. With the use of the card and a vino each a value for quality experience. Donnini's also feature mature experienced wait staff with attentive and knowledgeable service sometimes absent in Cairns. 

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