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Pizza e Birra, Surry Hills

The establishment was hard-to-miss, though it lacked signage. The interior was airy, with large warehouse windows, cemented ceilings and basic wooden chairs and tables (we sat on the only round table). We were firstly served complimentary bread and organic extra virgin olive oil. The bread was excellent. For main's, I ordered the Maccheroni which was served in fresh tomatoes and basil. The crispy eggplant was awesome and wasn't one bit too oily.
Jamie’s-Italian,-Sydney

Not much of a celebrity chef groupie (not that Jamie Oliver is ever physically at this restaurant), I thought I was going to wait this out one. I mean, who really has the time...
Vessel-Italian, Syndey

Since leaving the corporate ladder, I nowadays rarely dine in the CBD on a weeknight. But on this particular occasion, I was invited to check out the newly opened Vessel Italian which sits on...
Celery and Celeriac theme at Berta Tuesday Sagra Dinners

For something a bit different, book yourself in for Berta's weekly sagra dinners! Sagra is an Italian concept that involves a celebration of the bounties of Earth. Festivals pop-up around small towns to celebrate...
Pastizzi-Cafe,-Newtown

Mmm... I have a new addiction. Pastizzi Cafe in Newtown is the modern day version of 1950's Maltese Cafe on Crown Street in Surry Hills. It is still a family run business and it...
Val Verde pizza master class

I recently had the pleasure of attending an Italian masterclass at Signorelli Gastronomia to celebrate the launch of Val Verde’s new San Marzano P.D.O Peeled Tomatoes. The San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic...

In collaboration with The Italian Trade Agency and The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (CIRA), restaurant Osteria Balla Manfredi recently hosted a lunch billed as ‘a sensory and educational journey on the precious...
Fifteen-Melbourne-Restaurant

Fifteen Melbourne. It's the restaurant from TV. It's Jamie Oliver's. There's definitely a novelty factor to dining at Fifteen -which explains the set-up of a reservation line and the long waiting list! Two months ago, when Zen and I were planning our next trip down to Melbourne, I persuaded him to make a booking for dinner. And so here we are. It wasn't dinner... but we felt pretty lucky to have scored a table for six for lunch (considering that the weekend coincided with the F1 Grand Prix and the FINA World Championship). Melbourne was busy.

Lower Town Hall was the home to this year's Sydney Italian Food and Wine Festival and the result was a culinary experience in good cheese, great pasta and amazing wines. Thanks to Plumm Glassware...
Kazbah-and-Pizza-e-Birra, Balmain

Options are aplenty when it comes to breakfast in Balmain, and two spots I really really like are Kazbah and Pizza e Birra. Over the last few years, Kazbah has become rather renowned for its...