Old Town in Newtown, Sydney, it has a certain ring. This small but bright cafe has a homely charm, and part of that charm is the “Oldtown” bit. Its refreshing to go to a cafe / restaurant that just wants to please. There is nothing flash, there are no ultra modern plating techniques and no tapas. This is Italian food cooked with an Italian mentality….generosity, abundance, fresh ingredients and did I say abundance?
The mother daughter team Ella and Elisa, are not only using their cooking skills but all their other skills in marketing too. They offer dinner Tuesday to Friday 5pm – 10pm and breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm following on to dinner Sunday to 11pm.
They take a day of rest from the restaurant Monday but, I figure it’s probably not
their day off. The hard at work girls also offer gnocchi making classes and home cooked take away meals along with updating their restaurant facebook page with regular evets. All this and they are still friendly ( and awake).
Everything possible is made here, and if it isn’t it’s brought in from good suppliers like Paesanella and Pasticceria Papa Haberfield. There’s a small choice of good Italian wines by the bottle and the glass and boutique beers that change all the time.
I visited on a rainy Saturday last week. The service was very Italian with the ladies offering us several dishes that they said were they’re best selling dishes to try. Admittedly this may have been because we were taking photos. Between Mr and Mrs NQN, Mr and Mrs Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and some great new twitter friends @lokified and @SoKaleidoscope we managed to sample a bit of the menu. Warning pictures are terrible.
Although the beetroot gnocchi doesn’t look pretty it was very delicious and home made. It’s richness had everyone struggling to finish after so much food. The Wagyu steak was tender, it was cooked a little over the medium rare I asked for but I enjoyed it’s crispy exterior and a very good salsa verde. The chips were a little dry for me. Perhaps just the wrong potato for such a large wedge.
And for then for dessert a Chocolate Tart with hazelnut praline, Cannoli with crushed Pistachios and a Ricotta Cheese cake from Papas, Haberfield.
Someone served me tea. A lovely tea it was too …Honey Bush. There was a nice choice of loose leaf teas at $4.00
The 3 year old Italian boy that already has his own Oak Barrels of Balsamic
Chicken and Parmesan Meatballs, quick and impressive