There’s just something oh so comforting about a bowl of pasta. More so when it’s the handmade, melt in your mouth kind. Which is why we’re pretty chuffed with Mermaid Beach eatery, Italian Kitchen Company.
The cosy joint first opened amid the hustle and bustle of the Commonwealth Games, so you’re forgiven if you haven’t stopped by before, but trust us, you’ll want to get familiar real quick.
The eatery comes to us care of husband and wife team Natalie and Robert Santoro. The duo are yet another Sydney export, joining the likes of Alex Munoz of Restaurant Labart, Guillaume Zika of Burleigh Pavilion and Andrea Riva of Osteria Del Mare who have all ditched city life for our cruisy coastal shores.
While Head chef Robert has been working in the hospitality industry since he was 19, perhaps his biggest kudos is that his family is originally from Sicily in Italy, so he’s bringing Nonna’s recipes to straight to the kitchen, ready to share with lucky GC locals.
Nestled between Lupo and The Glenelg Public House, the restaurant is in good company in the ever-growing foodie hub of Mermaid Beach. The fit out is light and airy with white subway tiles, exposed wooden beams and a large colourful bar.
Now on to the most important part, the food. The menu is seasonal and full of local and sustainably sourced produce. First up, try their sumptuous seafood offerings, such as the chargrilled South Australian octopus, marinated in olive oil, chilli and Australian garlic. The smoky, chargrill flavour makes this dish an absolute must-try.
Their pastas, made fresh to order with Australian durum wheat semolina, are even cooked in the same brand of pot Nonna used. Which is probably why every single offering on their menu is so damn tasty. The gnocchi Napoli with its rich tomato base is perfect with glass of crisp white. While the pappardelle with blue swimmer crab, cherry tomato and basil, and the penne arrabbiata also hit the spot! Those who are GF don’t have to miss out either with Chef Robert happy to create an alternative.
And finally, you can’t go past their hand stretched, stone-baked pizzas. We loved the rocket and prosciutto but will be heading back for the Mermaid Beach with tomato, prawns, octopus and scallops.
So if you’re looking for a little slice of Sicily right here on the Coast. We’ve found it for you. The Italian Kitchen Company is open Tuesday to Saturday.
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Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for The Urban List