Set within the historical Strand Arcade, La Rosa is the little sister of iconic Pendolino restaurant. Playing homage to their Italian roots with confessional-style décor and a pizza and pasta menu that is earning them a reputation around town (the good kind).
For the indulgent types, the baked cannelloni with pumpkin, mustard fruit, ricotta, parmigiano, and burnt sage butter is nothing short of heaven on a plate, and will have you scraping your plate for every last bite. For those that can’t say no to fresh seafood in their pasta, the bigoli integrali con gamberi is for you, it’s a wholemeal bigoli pasta with plump spencer gulf prawns, minced southern octopus, tomato and chilli, and it is as beautiful as it is tasty.
Keep it au naturale with a plate of Smoky Bay pacific oysters served with lemon, red wine vinegar and shallots or go all out with the Sicilian style slow cooked Victorian double side “barnsley” lamb loin chop served alongside dried fava bean puree, Sicilian orange rind gremolata and grilled pearl onions. There are plenty of side dishes to choose from, but we recommend keeping it simple with the vine ripened tomato, dried bread and ricotta salad.
The wine list is updated monthly, with new additions hand selected to profile some of Italy’s best emerging producers. For the enviro-conscious, there are a selection of bio-dynamically produced wines, with an extensive range of imported Italian apertifs and boutique beers.
Perhaps the most exciting item on the menu for the dessert-lovers among us is the zeppola; a traditional potato dough doughnut with vanilla bean gelato. Because doughnuts are always a good idea and with the addition of potato into the fluffy dough, it has piqued our interest.
If you are after a traditional Italian mid-week feast or a function space for your next party, make sure you pop La Rosa onto your foodie bucket list immediately.
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