July 28th, 2009

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Libiamo



Loris Ragazzi has managed to inject a little warmth into the cool fish tank that once was Zeffirelli. The menu’s got a few issues, the reading of the specials takes too long; and they may be a shade pricy unless you come in on a ‘locals’ special – get ‘in the know’ on their email list. 



However their wood-fired pizza has an excellent, tasty crust. I’d order the Montanara ($23) layered with beautifully thin rashers of deli-sliced speck, Asiago cheese, tomato and porcini mushrooms again.



I prefer lighter batter than the one presented on the Zucchini Flowers ($15); but the Italian cheese stuffing was approachable.



If you like things sweet, try their House-Made Pumpkin and Amaretti Tortelloni ($24) with a butter sage sauce – lovely pasta, cooked deftly, soft, fresh sage.



For a big manly steak, their 300g 6+ Wagyu Steak ($43) was well cooked.



It suited the homely (and more-ish) Green Beans with Marjoram and Chilli ($8) (one side was included with this main).



A recommended bottle of Sardinian Pala Vermentino ($38) was a bright, potpourri of flowers that suited our meal. Overall wine is a strong suit, decent in price, lots of Italian. The Creme Catalan ($12) had a lemony cheesecake edge, but I had a good crack!



An oddment that I did quite like in a daggy sort of way was the moving water effect these left over decorations had on the ceiling. Between them and the plastic plants I did feel like I was in a fish-tank. Oh look a castle...

Libiamo
2-14 Bunn Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9552 1509 

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