Gentle bread-stuffed veal polpette with bright tomato passata, and yards of chewy-crusted, wood-fired pizza are my resounding happy memories of the relaunch of La Casa Ristorante in Russell Lea last month. Put on the map by the much-loved Carmel Ruggeri, in recent times this spot has seen a Sicilian takeover, with new owner Alberto Giammanco and new Executive Chef Salvatore Chisari, both hailing from Sicily. The space has also had a spruce up, including the now ubiquitous exposed Edison lightbulbs and a nicely feathered black and white mural by Mulga (whose work is popping up all over town). The new menu, which I’ll be heading back to check out myself soon, isn’t limited to just Sicilian dishes either. Owner Alberto Giammanco explains: “Our menu goes far beyond your typical Italian restaurant. We worked closely with our executive chef, Salvatore, to offer a wide variety of Italian and Sicilian style dishes.” If the spread they put on for their launch party is anything to go by, this one is definitely worth a visit!