Scathingly brilliant plan - book a review for a Sunday lunch and lap up some daylight hours on a weekend. Cala Luna, on the southern banks of The Spit Bridge kindly obliges with a dining invitation. It would make a nice place to punctuate the drive to the Northern Beaches from Sydney if you were heading that way.
We enjoyed what I would consider well-priced, accessible Italian lunch at Michel Rossetti’s restaurant. Perhaps the most interesting part of this restaurant is that it is vertically integrated which means you get great farm-fresh, seasonal produce (from his father’s Southern Highlands farm) which has made a very short journey through only a few pairs of hands to arrive at your table. This is something you can taste.
Each diner is served an individual bowl of complimentary olives to begin.
We then started with Garlic Bread and a glass of lovely Italian Gancia Prosecco ($10/glass, $49/bottle). The wine suited my entree choice of Prawn, Scallop and Whitebait Fritters ($19) on roquette down to the ground.
The Darling Downs beef impressed in our hard-working waitress’s recommendation of Carpaccio di Manzo ($15.90), as did the lovely wild figs, and gentle gorgonzola accompanying it. The waitress managed the whole floor, plus drinks and coffees herself, and did so very competently.
For a main I went with the Balmain Bugs with Fusilli ($21/$29) which had a creamy base, augmented with garlic, a touch of chilli, fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes. The pasta was a shade bland,and the chilli very understated, but the bugs were nicely cooked and the tomatoes had lots of flavour.
My wow moment was surprisingly in a side of Spinach, Pine Nut and Goat’s Cheese Salad ($7) - crisp, creamy and well dressed with vinegar and honey. The beans and potatoes were also lovely, fresh and full of flavour.
My dining companion enjoyed his Vitello con pecorino e sughetto ($26) or milk-fed veal with Pecorino Sardo and pan juices. The wine list is also well priced, particularly the 1997 Penfolds Yattarna (White Grange) Chardonnay ($110/bottle); however my beer budget saw me drinking the Italian 2007 Rapido Pinot Grigio ($9/glass, $35/bottle). It’s a lovely drop that suits the fresh emphasis of the menu.
The Gorgonzola Panna Cotta ($13.90) served with a peach braised in red wine was an intense dessert if you tried either element alone; however the combination of the two elements was clever and tasty.
My companion enjoyed it with a Segafredo coffee which was well made. It actually suited my own choice of an Affogato ($14.50) quite well too.
Full and sated we took a wander around the nearby water and watched a flock of pelicans cruise the fancier restaurant next door. The rich diners of course ignored their quite blatant needs.
235 Spit Road, Mosman
Ph: (02) 9968 2426