Oh cheese… You beautiful bastard. You creamy, salty, moreish, good-with-everything temptress. In case you haven’t noticed, we love cheese. And the mere whisper of a new cheese shop in Sydney is enough to get us sprinting there faster than you can shove a whole ball of mozzarella in your mouth.
Italia Di Gusto recently opened up shop in the CBD and not only offer up an awesome selection of delicious Italian cheeses, but also a menu full of authentic Italian dishes that are just like Nonna makes.
You can pop by Italia Di Gusto for a casual morning coffee (don’t forget to indulge in a piece of delicious homemade cake), a sit-down lunch, or maybe even grab some freshly made pasta to take home for dinner.
Of course, things had to be taste tested, because that’s the kind of person I am. The delicious and very authentic bruschette comes in three varieties: classic, Mediterranean, and salsa tartufata. I try the classic, crusty bread topped with bouncy diced tomatoes, fragrant basil and a nice hit of garlic. It’s exactly what you want in a buruschette, and I make a mental note to return for the taratuffa (truffle sauce) option.
You can always grab a sandwich or wrap to go, they’re delicious and an excellent option for anyone looking for a new place to have lunch in Sydney’s CBD. The parma sandwich, with prosciutto, mozzarella and tomatoes is that perfect balance of salty, creamy and crunchy. It’s everything I want in a sandwich, really.
For those that only have eyes for pasta, there are plenty of options too. I highly recommend going back to basics and trying the penne with handmade pesto sauce, it is a world apart from the store-bought pesto you’re used to, and the freshly made pasta soaks it up perfectly. If you’re keen to try something new, the bucatini with swordfish sauce and Italian herbs will have you begging owner Anna for the recipe. Luckily for you, a lot of the ingredients are for sale in store, so you can try your hand at making them at home.
For those that know the greatest gift comes in the form of food, you’ll be pleased to know that Italia Di Gusto offer up tempting hampers full of their fresh pasta, authentic olive oils, and of course delicious cheeses for you to gift your loved ones with, because we all know what they really want.
TL;DR: Cheese, meats, and pasta are all awesome, and CBD cheese shop and provedore Italia Di Gusto is a cracking spot to get your fix.
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