If there’s one time we really crave Italian food (if we’re being honest here, it’s most of the time), it’s winter.
You know, those cold, dark days when all you want in life is a big bowl of pasta or a pizza all to yourself. When nothing else but Italian food will do.
So when it comes to the best Italian restaurants in Sydney, places that’ll curb our hangry levels time and time again, we stick to the following criteria when judging what makes for Sydney's best Italian:
#1 Does it throw our tastebuds into a frenzy?
We’re talking flavours, freshness and doing something different on the plate.
#2 Are stretchy pants necessary?
Who wants to go somewhere where you aren’t tempted to eat your pizza, your friend’s pizza and a bowl of pasta. Oh, and dessert for good measure.
#3 How’s the vibe?
We want somewhere that you’re happy to spend a few lazy hours in, but that can also double as a great spot for drinks, because options.
And, news flash, all five venues now plate up some seriously good pizza meaning your next pizza fest can have that Fratelli flair. We’re talking tasty offerings like the tomato with buffalo mozzarella and basil because everyone knows you can’t go past a quality classic or the prosciutto di Parma with rocket, reggiano and mozzarella —whatever tickles your fancy, the choice is yours.
With good pasta comes good times, and you can’t go wrong at Fratelli Fresh. Think fresh tagliatelle with meatballs and the freshest of fresh tomato sauce, or if all you want in life are prawns in your pasta then look no further than the chilli, garlic and pangrattato (otherwise known as breadcrumbs) spaghetti. There’s also a damn tasty lamb ragu with penne and a chilli linguine with the perfect amount of lemon and pangrattato. All of these dishes are available at every Fratelli Fresh and exactly what your tummy needs when it's cold outside.
If you’re reading this and it’s nearly lunchtime, put down that sad can of tuna because you’re in luck. Fratelli Fresh Potts Point, Alexandria and Walsh Bay will keep your stomach happy with their Weekday Locals Lunch. Complete with a selection of their drool worthy pizzas and pastas as well as a glass of vino (how else do you plan to make it to home time?) all for $20. And, if you’re still after a good deal, get yourself down to Aperitivo Hour 3-6pm weekdays, so yes technically three of the happiest hours, for $5 vinos, beers, spirits and, most importantly, $10 negronis. We’ll see your fine self there.
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Now, if you’re part of the Fratelli faithful (they exist), you may want to sit down, because Fratelli Fresh now take bookings as well as online orders. No more super early dinners or late night feeds for you! You can now book a table in advance and, with almost all the venues open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, (with more venues to come, so we hear), and Walsh Bay as well as Potts Point opening for breakfast this weekend, you’ll never be far away from your favourite table at one of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants.
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