The Caprese Salad


Italian cuisine is immersed in the art of transforming simple, natural ingredients into something irresistible, a quality highlighted in our authentic Caprese salad.

Lovers of Italian food Brisbane-wide will be well acquainted with this stunning summer dish, a simple combination of heirloom tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and organic olive oil.

It’s believed the Caprese salad originated in the 20th century on the Isle of Capri, just off the coast of Naples. The reason for its introduction is often disputed, though some believe the dish’s creation was an act of patriotism, representing the white, red and green of the Italian flag.

From New Farm restaurants to bistros in the heart of Rome, the Caprese salad, or ‘Insalata Caprese’ is rarely altered. Showcasing some of the best ingredients in Italy with no cooking required, this rustic, light meal is a frequent frontrunner.

Due to its simplistic nature, each of the three main ingredients – tomato, mozzarella, and basil – must be fresh and of excellent quality. In particular, the buffalo mozzarella must be freshly-sliced and of premium quality in order for the dish to shine.

Italian restaurants Brisbane-wide pride themselves on the creation of the perfect summertime Caprese salad. Call (07) 3358 1063 to book a table at Bar Alto for a more immersive history lesson – and by that, of course, we mean a taste test.