[invite] Bianca: Perched directly above city stalwarts Ryans Bar and below Australia Square office tower, is Sydney’s newest Italian eatery Bellucci Cucina
Italian food can be a pretty risky choice here at FFS, nothing really does compare to our Nonno & Nonna’s cooking but we’ve had a bit of a good run lately and happy to throw Bellucci into the ‘must visit’ pile.
Stepping in for the missing FFS crew is Felicitations, our civilised Friday evening dinner quickly descended into a booze/carb/fest but it was cold and we needed warmth (we’ll go with that)…
Starting with the Salumi Misti $28, perfect to linger over with a beverage. With generous slices of freshly sliced prosciutto, salami & mortadella. Parmesan chunks, marinated olives, olive tapenade, pickled onions and some seriously legit sourdough bread.
My Rum Old Fashioned $18 was the perfect potent concoction, putting some hairs on the chest but giving way to a smooth sweet note.
The Spaghetti Chittarra – cacio e Pepe, pecorino romano, black pepper and olive oil $21. Prices across the board are very very reasonable given location and portion sizes. This could easily feed two people with other bits and pieces. Simple but tasty, a dish like this you have no-where to hide so execution is paramount, the pasta was al-dente, lusciously coated in parmesan, a big tick for the cheese fiends.
Four glasses later, we fell in love with the Monte Del Fra Rose 2016 $11 per glass. A perfect accompaniment to an Italian meal.
The V.I.P – w/ marinated and roasted tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, oregano, rocket $22 + Prosciutto $4 was wonderfully balanced. The pizza at Bellucci is your more traditional Sicilian style, thicker and a little more generous with the toppings. I’m a Sicilian / Neapolitan half-caste so I love and appreciate all pizza styles… Thick plump tomatoes, generous thin shavings of freshly slices prosciutto, studded with chunks of buffalo mozzarella and the dough was fantastic!
And the pizza I was most excited about. The Alpina Porcini -w/ mushroom ragu, fior de latte, rapini, kale & truffle oil $21. Crispy kale & Italian spinach on a pizza? It’s basically a health food, the truffle oil was used masterfully here, permeating the pizza but not obtrusive or in your face. This is a winner!
We were both too full for dessert but one I’d come back to if and when I’m in the city and looking for an Italian fix. Add it to your list!
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of Bellucci.