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In Dining, Italian on
November 12, 2018

Mamma Teresa Italian Restaurant

The restaurants and bars down in Kingsford are a lot more lively than you’d expect of a weekday night. Perhaps its the nature of the area, filled with uni students. Or perhaps is because it’s a spot saturated with great eats. Regardless of the reason, it’s clear that the locals know where to go for a good bite. And Mamma Teresa’s seems to be a popular the pick, a cosy Italian restaurant sitting on the busy strip that is Anzac Parade.

mamma teresa italian restaurant kingsford sydney

Pesto Pasta ($14.50)

There’s a nice homely feel to the restaurant, the double sided menu offering a range of choices, although from what we can see it’s the pizzas and pastas that everyone’s here for.

We thought we’d try the pasta for entree, but if you’re a fan of pesto pasta, you’ll want to have this for a main. It’s a generous serve, but we have no trouble licking the bowl clean from the super creamy and moreish pesto sauce that coats the pasta.

mamma teresa italian restaurant kingsford sydney

Chicken Cacciatore ($23.90)

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In Dining, Italian on
October 29, 2018

Vivaldi Kitchen, Matraville

Vivaldi Italian Kitchen, Matraville

Walking into Vivaldi Kitchen feels like walking into a friendly home. And that’s exactly what it’s all about in this family run restaurant- hearty home style meals served with warm smiles. The online reviews for Vivaldi Kitchen are nothing short of amazing, and it’s not hard to see why!

Vivaldi Italian Kitchen, Matraville

Zucchini Flowers with 4 cheeses ($18)

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In Dining, Italian on
April 30, 2018

Bondi Pizza, Broadway

Bondi Pizza, Broadway

It’s been a while since I set foot in Broadway, a place I often frequented back in my uni days. So yes, I might be a little late to discover but how the food options have improved!

We’re here today one of the many restaurants which didn’t used to be here- Bondi Pizza – with FCBA to try out a selection of their menu. And it’s quite a feast!

Bondi Pizza, Broadway

It’s not my first time at Bondi Pizza, infact I think I’ve visited just about every Bondi Pizza branch now……except the one in Bondi!

Bondi Pizza, Broadway

Salt & Pepper Calamari ($11.95) Arancini Balls ($11.95)

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In Dining, Italian on
April 19, 2016

Crust ‘Simply Better’ Launch

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Crust Pizza

Whilst pizza classics like supreme and meat lovers will always hold a place in my heart, lately I’ve been more interested in more unusual flavour combinations. With pizza flavours like pulled pork, tandoori chicken and peking duck becoming more mainstream, it seems like any dish can (and will) be recreated on a pizza these days!

So when I was invited to attend Crust Pizza’s event to sample their new Simply Better range, with three new exciting flavours, I was quite keen to attend! And what better way to sample good food than relaxing by the beach with live music?


Decked out with candles, flowers and nice comfy cushions, it certainly made for a great atmosphere although if there was one thing I was wishing for, it’d be for better lighting!

Crust pizza is always working to reimagine pizza and set new pizza trends and their latest work has seen them introduce the Simply Better range to their menu- an innovative range for the health conscious pizza lovers. All Simply Better pizzas are made on a spelt and wholemeal base and made from locally sourced fresh produce, including paddock to plate lamb and beef.

The first of the pizzas to be sampled is the Biltong Spiced Lamb, but before the pizza is brought out, we try the lamb itself. The lamb is sourced from Australian pastures- it is nice and tender, and remarkably fresh. The biltong spice was quite unique in taste but paired nicely with the lamb without overpowering it. I have yet to try biltong (a spiced cured meat, similar to jerky) myself, but if it tastes anything like this lamb, I’m sure I’d love it!

The Biltong Spiced Pizza is even tastier than the lamb itself, with plenty of lamb, topped with broccolini, pine nuts, lime and a drizzle of lemon yoghurt. There is a nice textural contrast, with the broccolini baked til crisp (almost like kale chips!) and the pine nuts adding an extra crunch.

The Harissa Hummus Chicken pizza is next to follow, again with a sample of the house cooked spiced chicken first. And don’t let the (blurry) photo fool you- the roasted chicken is much more flavoursome than it may appear!

The Harissa Hummus Chicken pizza itself is quite an innovative pizza, with a harissa hummus base instead of the usual tomato. There’s a lot more happening in this pizza, with spiced chicken, chickpeas roasted capsicum, caramelised onion and almond slivers toppings as well as a garnish of rocket and mint yoghurt. The harissa hummus base works surprisingly well and we don’t find ourselves missing the sweetness of tomato sauce at all. I also love the generous amount of rocket which adds quite a bit of freshness.

And last but not least, the Wagyu Shōga pizza. This Asian inspired pizza uses a hoisin and tomato base, which makes for a sweeter pizza in comparison to the previous two. The wagyu beef is the main focus of the pizza, meltingly tender without the chewiness you usually get in beef pizzas. The beef is complemented with wild mushrooms, green capsicum, ginger (shōga) and a light Japanese dressing.

We’re quite impressed with the Simply Better Range- and still can’t decide which one’s our favourite because they’re all delicious and unique in their own way!

The Simply Better Range is available at all Crust outlets and pizzas are priced at $21 for large.

In Café, Dining on
October 27, 2011

Alimento Cafe, Parramatta

There’s always that strange feeling when I walk into an unfamiliar restaurant for the first time, and don’t know exactly what to do. I’ve experienced it in bistros, when there’s a sign which tells you to wait there, but not a waiter in sight. Or in cafes, when you’re not sure whether you’re supposed to order at the table or at the counter.

We’re at Alimento Cafe (after much indecision as to where to eat), and although there are plenty of nice empty tables outside, we’re standing awkwardly at the entrance. Do we just sit down and hope that someone notices us? Do we go up to the staff at the counter? Or do we wait until a waitress notices us and takes us to a seat?

We finally capture the attention of the girl at the counter, who (after establishing that we are not voucher holders) tells us to just sit down anywhere and she’ll get someone to bring us the menus.

 

I don’t often eat at cafes, and would probably never have noticed this one, but I’d read about Alimento online after searching for Italian food in Parramatta for a dinner with friends…..which never ended up happening. The prices on the menu are quite reasonable, especially at lunch, with their $10 specials- which we’re here for. The lunch specials come with the condition that you order a drink from their extensive list of drinks (which took me forever to choose from). I ordered a mocha, which was nice, though I would have liked it to be a little more chocolatey- but I’m not a coffee drinker (this would probably be about my 5th mocha I’ve ever had) so don’t take my word for it 😉
 

 

Lemon Pepper Perch Fillet $10
 

I order the lemon pepper perch fillet, a delicious piece of fish, grilled until tender and crisp at the edges and covered with a layer of lemon sauce. The sauce is surprisingly pleasant and tasty, with the light taste of lemon not being too overpowering and also serves as a nice dressing for the salad. The chips are definitely the highlight of the dish for me, with their shattering crunch and ability to stay crunchy even when soaked in the lemon sauce. My only complaint is that there isn’t enough of them!!

 

 
Chicken and Prawn Risotto $10

My friend’s order of chicken and prawn risotto, was quite popular amongst their lunch customers- and hard to miss with the strange lettuce leave on the side. The tomato based risotto is delicious and creamy- I certainly wouldn’t mind ordering it next time! 🙂

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