The Italian Bowl is a culinary delight, offering delicious Italian cuisine at prices that’ll keep your wallet plump. This restaurant will leave any diner spoilt for choice, with a ‘build-your-own’ philosophy where each pasta dish is made to order: pasta hungry customers pick their favourite pasta and sauce from the extensive menu. With portion sizes […]
Some restaurants manage to slide effortlessly into the fabric of the Sydney dining scene, simply by encapsulating the type of food we want to be eating right now. One Ford Street, tucked in behind the Cricketers Arms, is one such restaurant, serving up fresh and unfussy, modern Italian food.
Diving into an established all-male Italian kitchen as the new head chef could be daunting (especially as a half-English, half-Welsh woman) but Naomi Lowry has taken it in her stride. She’s maintained the menu’s confident Southern Italian focus, notching it up with Sardinian Fregola ($27/$35) resplendent with perfectly cooked cuttlefish, calamari, prawns and mussels, and topped with a generous helping of bottarga.
With the upsurge of enthusiasm for pizza certified Napoli, it’s easy to lose sight of pizza styles popular across the rest of Italy. Add that Nicola Piteo slid his restaurant into an existing Italian spot, keeping the original name, and you get some idea of how his outstanding pizza has largely flown under the radar.
Venture into Tomorrowland – otherwise known as Zetland (or ‘Zetciti’ as a clever business in the futuristic East Village shopping centre has dubbed it). Swallow down a portent dose of the future, where worker drones live in looming grey and taupe towers in fully self-contained dormitory suburbs; places where you can purchase an Audi as easily as you can order a name brand Lucio pizza.
Despite sitting at the base of Governor Macquarie Tower in the heart of the CBD, Bertoni Farrer Place remains remarkably casual. Maybe it is the warm Italian welcome, the backslapping enthusiasm of the owners, or the hearty Italian fare, but the end result is a good mix of suits, casual lunchers, and even a bike courier.
It’s Monday night and I’m wondering whether an after-work cooking class at the Casa Barilla Italian Cooking School might have been ambitious.
If you loved this spot as Foley Lane, you should breathe easier knowing that Nathan Moses and Julian Marchetto are still very much behind this new incarnation.
Working the Darlo Italian wine bar turf is newcomer DiWine. It’s tucked in between perennial favourites, Lucio Pizzeria and Phamish, in the lively Republic 2 courtyard.
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.