Terrific little Italian in Surry Hills. Had a really enjoyable, delicious, and reasonably priced (for Sydney) meal here on a Sunday night. Take advantage of the BYO for your wine if you can (available Sunday through Thursday I believe).
Nice, friendly service. Good ambience. Small restaurant, but the tables were not too cramped. Not crowded at all on a Sunday night at 8:30. I called for a booking, but it certainly wasn't needed. The menu has some nice choices; the wine list looked ok as well; a bit on the pricey side, but there were at least a couple of good values. I was happy we brought our own.
- Casa bread with olive oil and balsamic. Not much to say about this. The bread was good, not great. Not served warm. Had a nice chewiness to it. The olive oil/balsamic vinegar was mixed together in a bowl. Would have liked the mix to be a bit heavier on the oil, but it was tasty A bit disappointing for $5..
- Prosciutto wrapped figs. This was a special, not on the regular menu. Delicious! The prosciutto was terrific; the figs were interesting, very soft, and not overly sweet. There was a gorgonzola sauce and some arugula on the plate; nice for dunking the Casa bread. There were two big figs; nice to share with two or even three people as we did.
- All three of our party had pasta for our mains. The mains on the menu did sound good, especially the pork cutlet special.
- Gnocchi broccoletti. My friend had this, and it looked delicious. They make the gnocchi daily. Lots of good vegetables in this one. Vegetarian option. My friend really liked it.
- Spaghetti bolognese with mussels. My other friend (of Italian descent) had this and loved it. Again, I didn't try it, but there were plenty of mussels, and he said the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and stood up well to the very good wine we had brought.
- Tagliatelle with veal shin ragu. This is always a tough dish for me to say no to. It's just one of my favorite things to get in an Italian place. This rendition was really nice. I'd have liked just a tiny bit more veal (like one more little pice), but maybe that's because my friend tasted two of my pieces (and loved it). The veal was super-tender, really rich and flavorful. The tagliatelle was not as broad as I have usually seen it, but it was really nicely cooked al dente. I really enjoyed the dish, which also had some carrots and peas in the meat ragu.
It's important to note that each of us completely finished our dishes. Really. Like not even a bite left on any of the three plates.
Only one of us (not me) was really interested in dessert, so he ordered the nemesis warm chocolate thing with vanilla gelato, with three spoons so we could share. The chocolate paired great with the little bit of wine we had left in our glasses. Nice dessert, but certainly on the heavy side.
Our bill for 3 came to $120 for two shared starters, 3 pastas for mains, and a dessert to share. We brought our own wine, and they charged $10.50 corkage ($3.50 per person I assume). Certainly a fair deal for Sydney! I would definitely return!
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