During my month-long tour of Australasia, I spent a few days down under in Sydney to visit a close friend that recently got married to an Aussie. What a perfect couple of foodies! They brought me on a weekend-long food tour. I would have never imagined that Sydney has such a high level of Italian food!
First stop was award-winning Uccello Restaurant, part of the Ivy complex on George Street.
We went there on the Friday night, just a few hours after I landed from Malaysia. Despite the thermal shock, from 44C to 15C, and a night spent on the plane, I truly enjoyed my dinner there.
The ambience is very sophisticated, yet relaxed. Service is attentive, friendly and, apart from the French sommelier, Italian, as you would expect. The quality of food and the attention to detail is exceptional. The menu features a variety of Northern Italian dishes reinterpreted. It was the 5 of us, and all ordered different things. I couldn’t manage to take photos, as it was pretty dark.
I strongly recommend it, and although I haven’t paid, just from a brief look at the menu, I noticed that it’s on the expensive side. But I can assure you, it’s money well spent! After dinner you can also enjoy a cocktail by the pool (even in winter). If I lived in Sydney I would go back again and again!
The following day, on a busy Saturday morning, we travelled the short distance to Haberfield, home to the fabulous Pasticceria Papa, for our breakfast!
This cafe’ looks exactly like a traditional Italian Pasticceria, with long fridge cabinets full of goodies, cakes, croissants, biscuits, cannoli, pasticcini… nothing fancy, but very authentic in its old-fashioned way. I ordered Ricotta cheesecake (obviously) and cappuccino. OMG!
The Ricotta cake is to die for, not as rich as you would expect, I even managed to finish the whole slice (I skipped lunch though ;)) Again, strongly recommended, best cheese cake ever and pretty cheap!
We had quite a few other meals in between, but the other little gem I must share is Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst.
They have a selection of yummy gelati, beautifully presented, some of them, I have to warn you, pretty rich ;). They have appealing and creative names too, such as salted caramel with white chocolate chips, dulce de leche, sexy chocolate or lime cheesecake.
If you are unsure between different options, they encourage you to taste them so that you can choose your own favourite flavour combination. This is customer service!
If you are in the area, you really need to visit!