There is no doubt that Sydney is incredibly spoilt in the Italian restaurant department. There’s good Italian, great Italian and bad Italian (that’s still pretty good, to be honest), but here at The Urban List, we think it’s a life necessity to have a fool proof Italian restaurant up your sleeve for those moments when nothing but a fresh bowl of pasta or meat plank will do.
Enter; Jamie’s Italian. Any Sydney restaurant that has lines out the door every single Friday and Saturday night, years after opening, should tell you everything that you need to know, but in case it isn’t – listen up.
The CBD restaurant is tucked away in a converted alley and the décor matches, with exposed brick and street art upstairs, antique mirror walls and wine bar downstairs and industrial pendant lighting set over comfortable leather booth seating throughout to drum home the rustic, industrial feel.
This week, they’ve launched their spring menu and as you’d expect, it’s lightened up considerably since winter. As always, Jamie’s Italian makes the most of our bomb Australian produce, with each and every dish a celebration of our local produce. We start with the classic caprese salad, which is a simple combination of heritage tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil. There aren’t any bells and whistles here, but we’re thankful for that, because no one is ordering a caprese salad and expecting experimental modern Italian cuisine. Overall, it’s a solid start.
Next up is mains and we go straight for the squid and mussel spaghetti nero and then bask in the glory of the glistening squid ink spaghetti, topped with flash-fried squid, mussels, octopus in a simple tomato, chilli and white wine sauce. If you aren’t feeling adventurous, then order its little sister, the prawn linguine which is a classic Jamie’s Italian dish and for good reason. We also ordered the Sicilian-spiced eggplant and super food salad, which is topped with charred avocado. Charred avocado isn’t for every day I’ll admit, but once in a while (when someone else is doing the hard work), it’s a nice change.
Now on to dessert! We ordered two dishes and if you don’t know why, then you are beyond help my dear friend. The lemon meringue pie is a tall and beautiful goddess in dessert form and it was demolished in a matter of seconds. The orange blossom polenta cake was as pretty as its name and since it involved orange and polenta, we were able to convince ourselves was healthy. Overall, a win!
To check out the new spring menu at Jamie’s Italian for yourself, you can book yourself a table at one of his Sydney locations here.
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