If Keystone Group goes down, it certainly won’t be taking Jamie’s Italian with it. With six wildly popular restaurants across the country, Jamie Oliver’s dominant Italian restaurant chain is about to receive a substantial and much-needed shake-up now that is has been officially bought back by the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group. To celebrate, the renowned chef himself will be heading to Australia next month to help whip the brand back into shape, launching a new menu with plans to work closely with local suppliers and producers.
“This is a process I’ve never been through so it’s all very new, but it’s a really happy ending”, said Oliver. “I wish I could have done it sooner but we got there and it’s to say that every cloud has a silver lining.”
The celebrity chef will be visiting Sydney to meet with some of his Australian team and help launch the new menu in May, a list Australian’s discerning diners should be more than happy with given the likes of Wild Mushroom Ravioli with thyme, gremolata and veggie parmesan, Oxtail Lasagne with béchamel, mozzarella & parmesan, and Slow-Roasted Porchetta with garlic, chilli and herbs. The key focus will be on food provenance, using sustainable and locally sourced ingredients to help give the menu strong, fresh flavours.
Producers moving forward with Jamie’s Italian and helping to refresh the menu include Joto Fresh Fish, Serendipity Ice Cream, Boulangerie 113 and That’s Amore Cheese. Local will also spread onto the wine list, shaped to feature both established and emerging Australian producers alongside Italian classics.
The changes will all start next week, and to celebrate the new menu Jamie’s Italian will also be offering a signature pasta dish for $10 throughout May, with the pasta offering set to change every Monday through the month. Even small details will be tweaked, such as Parramatta’s Jamie’s Italian Trattoria being shortened to just Jamie’s Italian, bringing the local favourite under the same banner as the other restaurants across Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney, to ensure consistency.
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