It’s been a little while since my last post, sorry lovely people who read my ramblings! I’ve been caught up in the organised chaos that is full time work. Amidst these long days and the silly season, I did happen to venture to a super sweet new establishment on the Northside of Brisbane called Putia. To make up for me being AFK (yep, away from keyboard!) let me tell you all about it.
You may be wondering what Putia means? Well Putia is an old Sicilian word for ‘local store’ or little shop selling food, wine and household items usually adjoining or under neighboring apartments and houses. Cute, huh? Owned and operated by Chef Dominique Rizzo ( you might remember her from regular appearances on Ready, Steady, Cook?) Putia Pure Food is not your run-of-the-mill establishment. Based lovely little suburb of Banyo, this seasoned foodie has not only created a north side haven for seekers of delicious and organic meals, but also a venue that doubles as a pantry, catering business and a cooking school. Dominique also runs Sicilian food torus and is often spotted at Brisbane’s foodie events including the Good Food and Wine Show and Regional Flavours. From the outset, Putia boasts a large alfresco style dining area under a umbrella of Poinsettia trees, the perfect setting for a relaxing evening drink or weekend brunch. With an array of fresh herbs lining the timber walls, sweet pot plants dotted around the tables and hessian bunting adorning the windowsill, the little store has absolutely beautiful fit out that is full of rustic charm and brimming with local loveliness.
It really is a celebration of pure food at Putia with a hearty nod to Dom’s Sicilian heritage. Menu items range from simple quiches, sandwiches, salads to more extravagant fare such the Sicilian Panelle or chick pea fritters with the buffalo haloumi for lunch, the pork belly for dinner or the nitrate free bacon in the Big Banyo breakfast. I couldn’t go past the spiced corn bread topped with creamy avocado, amazing garden roasted tomatoes (with just the right amount of herbs!) grilled zucchini ribbons, haloumi and a generous drizzle of lemon pesto. Probably one of the best breakfasts I have had in a while. All of my favourite things on one plate and cooked to perfection.
My brunching partner had the raw vegan fruit and nut bread with cashew, avocado and honey butter, banana and coconut ice-cream. Delish! Other items I had my eye on (for next time!) included the fig and macadamia french toast with Chai syrup and vanilla ice-cream or the grilled lemon and herb chicken served with roast pumpkin, red onion and feta salad and fig balsamic (um, yum!) and toasted brioche. See I told you it was a foodies mecca! What really makes this place special though is the love and care put into each dish. Ingredients are sourced from some of the finest producers in Queensland but the location also comes complete with its own garden that produces various edible flowers used in many of the dishes. The pantry portion of Putia sells gift hampers and a special selection of handmade products made with local and natural ingredients. I know where I will be getting my foodie presents from now on.
In terms of drinks, there is something for everyone and every occasion. Showcasing Italian wine varietals that are both imported and locally grown vines, diners can expect perfect food matching with Dominique’s sumptuously fresh and bright culinary creations. Coffee is also on point with a delicious Tim Adams blend. Or why not opt for some seriously cool sodas, smoothies or fresh juices. Old fashioned lemonade, Turkish Delight with orange bitters and Sweet Lemon and Chilli are only some of the creative concoctions you can sip and savour in the summer breeze. Just when you thought Putia couldn’t get any cuter, delightful picnic menus are also on offer where you can pick a selection of in-house freshly made salads and sumptuous delights for fuss free weekend fare. Come January, Putia will also begin hosting cooking, wine and food appreciation nights. Needless to say, if you are looking for a super sweet spot in the ‘burbs to brunch then look no further than Putia, the eats alone are worth travelling for. I can’t wait to go back!
So with this little spot being tried, tested and probably my last for 2014 (where has this year gone?!) I want to wish all you foodies out there a very Happy New Year. I hope your 2014 has been as food-filled, jam-packed and rewarding as mine. It certainly has been a great year and I hope 2015 turns out to be just as sweet if not sweeter. Thank-you for sticking with me and reading this year, it really does mean a lot. I hope to explore a heap more places in 2015 (my list is overflowing!) plus journey on some interstate food adventures so stick with me and I promise you’ll be licking your computer screens in no time!