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A slice of Italy
Caffe Sicilia, an authentic Italian cafe, has joined
the ranks of crowd-pleasers nestled amongst
Crown St’s foodie district. By Cec Busby
Food lovers walking along Crown St often feel spoiled for choice, the
Surr y Hills’ strip offers a range of restaurants dishing up taste sensations for
even the most jaded palate. The latest addition to the bustling restaurant
arena is Caffe Sicilia, an authentic old school style cuccina, cafe and pasteria that
delivers sumptuous dishes that smack of old world charm.
The decor is 1940s inspired. Wooden tables gleam, marble countertops
shine and the waiters with their white shirts and long skinny ties evoke a sense
of another time and place. Walls are adorned with photos of Italian stars a la
Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren – sipping delicately on their short blacks
– which instantly inspires a sense of nostalgia.
The menu reflects the same taste for years gone by; it’s peppered with
authentic Italian dishes and gorgeous produce. From the mozzarella to the vine
ripened tomatoes and the rich creamy cassata – no expense has been spared to
ensure the flavours of Sicily have been achieved.
With so much great food on the menu we opt to let our waiter make our
selections and are presented with a sumptuous feast. After plying us with some
delicious Sicilian olives and sourdough bread with a light fruity olive oil to
accompany it, he suggests some antipasto specialties that prove delicious. The
Burrata Pugliese arrives on the table – the cheese which is similar to Buffalo
mozzarella only creamier – is wrapped in a blanket of the finest Prosciutto
then accompanied by cherry tomatoes bathed in dose of oil and enriched by
capers and basil for a flavour burst. Absolutely delicious! We follow this up with
the Pane Cunzato, a grilled focaccia with tomato, buffalo mozzarella, tuna ,
eggplant and baked ricotta – which is so more-ish we almost want to order
seconds but know that we can’t or we’ll have no room for our mains.
Today we are in luck, the special is lasagne – and it’s just like Mamma used to
make – the lasagne sheets have just a hint of bite and the meat filling is rich – the
tomato adding just the right blend of sweetness and acidity to cut through. A
rucolo salad of rocket, sundried tomato, goats cheese and orange and almond is
the perfect accompaniment.
Sweet toothes aren’t forgotten either. Our waiter finishes our meal with a trio
of dishes that would please even the most ardent of dessert lovers. A traditional
Sicilian Cassata, Cannoli and a decadent strawb err y tart. While Caffe Sicilia is
famous for its cannoli and the strawberr y tart is sublime, it is the Cassata that
really steals our hearts – this baked ricotta cake is an absolute delight from first
to last bite!
628 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.
Open 7 days
Monday to Saturday: 7am to midnight
Sunday: 7am to 10pm
Bookings: 9699 8787
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