What would you say if I told you there's an Italian restaurant in Sydney where they'll serve you pasta? You'd say, 'Der. All Italian restaurants in Sydney serve pasta. What's the big deal'. Right? And that'd be fair enough. But, what if I told you there is an Italian restaurant in Sydney that will serve you pasta…OUT OF A WHEEL OF CHEESE. Guys! It's the dream!
Buffalo Dining Club in Darlinghurst is making dreams come true for pasta lovers everywhere, and we couldn't be happier. This Italian gem is small, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in soul. The dimly lit interior goes across two levels and houses small tables throughout. The atmosphere is intimate and fun and the service is relaxed, friendly, and informative, just the way we like it.
Dinner starts off with some antipasto, which at Buffalo Dining Club is built around super-fresh Buffalo mozzarella that they import from Italy every week (as you do). To say this mozzarella is the best I've ever eaten would be an understatement. It is insane. Paired with a selection of cured meats (try the fried mortadella) and your choice of tasty sides — we recommend the pumpkin croquettes and broccolini—it is an absolutely perfect way to start a meal.
Then there's the main attraction. It's time to choose your pasta. Our friendly waiter recommended sharing to make our decision a bit easier, so we ordered two of the three pasta dishes on offer.
The ricotta gnocchi was to die for. Light and fluffy, with a perfect simple tomato sauce—this is how you want your gnocchi to be. We devoured it. And then, for their signature, the spaghetti cacio e pepe (spaghetti with cheese and pepper), which is served out of a giant Pecorino cheese wheel, right at your table. Yes, this is the best idea ever. I'm a big believer that nothing beats fresh pasta with some good oil, cheese, and salt and pepper, so this, for me, was the big winner of the night.
Buffalo Dining Club has a nice wine list to accompany the delicious food but, if in doubt, pretend you're in Italy and just order a carafe of the house red and be done with it.
Image credit: Hollie Adams