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Review - Puntino Trattoria

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

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“When I went home and saw what I came from, I thought: this is what I want to cook,” declares owner/chef Tony Sabia. He’s realigning his long-standing restaurant to a more authentically regional voice.

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What makes it special is that his inspiration is Basilicata - yeah, I had to ask too - the instep of Italy’s boot. It’s rustic and mountainous, a landscape extreme; with “cucina povera” by necessity not clever theme.

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So get down with the region (watch the tourism video, it helps).

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It enriches the eats, like Lagane e Ceci ($18.90), long flat pasta cooked with tomato, chilli, garlic and chickpeas. It’s probably too stodgy for our sedentary careers, but persevering made me feel at one with peasant life.

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Mozzarella’s also bigger in Italy (an end in itself).

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Notions of bland are quickly replaced by subtle, as you explore the collection on the abundant Mozzarella Degustazione Platter ($15.50/head).

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Gnocchi Sorrentino ($19.90) might not sound exotic, but order it - it’s great. It’s one-gen. off della Nonna too (made by his Mum).

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Just save room for pizza, because they’re totally the bomb! Burrata and ‘Nduja ($25) presents the creamiest mozzarella of all against spicy pork paste, sparingly applied so they don’t dominate the base.

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And we thought we knew Italian…

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Puntino Trattoria
41 Crown Street, Woolloomooloo
Ph: (02) 9331 8566

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