Warm and welcoming is the first thing that come to mind when you walk in to Giro.Its mid winter but they have provided gas heaters for the seating outside. The place has a rustic but modern feel .It has quirky touches like the hanging chopping boards in the chefs station and the days menu is written on a chalk board wall. Somehow it feels unpretentious and just right. There is a small bar and we could not resist the amaretto sour and peach Bellini. Reasonably priced cocktails @ $10 each. Our waiter was friendly and patiently explained in a very cute Italian accent what was on the menu.
We started with the salumi platter which had various freshly sliced salami and pork shoulder rilette . It came with shaved fennel(delicious ), a spicy salami paste(delicious) ,prune relish served with crispy thin bread and sour dough. Served in a long board on top of 4 cans of tomatoes(they have a sense of humour) Faultless starter- tasty and light.
We tried the 750g aged steak($69 for 2) cooked medium rare perfect served with an assortment of sauces like salsa verde and a spicy tomato relish. The steak lover among us pronounced it the best steak he has ever eaten. We also had the pasta of the day which was spaghetti with seafood in a light garlic sauce. Heavenly. We also ordered the stuffed zucchini flowers. The osteria version is steamed not deep fried. Simply done but very very good. I really wanted to try their signature dish 'fish in crazy water' but I'm not very keen on barramundi. Perhaps next time.
No room for dessert but definitely coming back soon!
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