Ryan Kennedy brushed up on his Italian this week in the CBD...
Despite sitting at the base of Governor Macquarie Tower in the heart of the CBD, Bertoni Farrer Place remains remarkably casual.
Maybe it is the warm Italian welcome, the backslapping enthusiasm of the owners, or the hearty Italian fare, but the end result is a good mix of suits, casual lunchers, and even a bike courier.
Hot out of the open kitchen, Quattro Formaggi Stuffed Zucchini Flowers ($18) are as densely stuffed as all zucchini flowers ought to be, oozing rich cheesy goodness on a necessarily sharp rocket salad; while the...
...classic Vitello Tonnato ($19) is lightened with salad leaves and exceedingly tasty capers.
It would be remiss of me not to tuck into some carbs, and you can’t go wrong with the earthy and shellfish-sweet Farro Risotto ($24), arriving perfectly al dente.
While n’duja spiced Gnocchi Sardi ($24) had a nice porky waft, it unfortunately lacked the flavour punch to match its heat.
An even more porky option is the glistening curl of fragrant Slow-Roasted Porchetta ($23); it's tender and unctuous, with an irresistible ribbon of crackling.
Though it’s worth coming here just for the Tiramisu ($12). Individual portions are served from a large tray that is brought to the table, and it is compulsorily accompanied by a Macchiato ($3.50). What could be more Italian?
Bertoni Farrer Place
Corner Phillip and Bent Streets, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9241 2127