412-414 George Street, Sydney 2000
Escape the shopping crowds
Tucked high above the ground floor pedestrian traffic of the Strand Arcade is Pendolino's caffe and their more expensive restaurant inside. Arriving at 12.30 the caffe was already pretty much full and the fancy restaurant seemed to attract a steady stream of business crowd diners. The truffled chicken liver lasagne was recommended by a friend and was good and definitely was a 'substantial meal' as listed on the menu. The cotoletta alla milanese aka chicken schnitzel was nice as well with it's delicious crispy lettuce salad and shoestring fries although I always find it frustrating and difficult to cut my schnitzel when it's placed on top of the chips and there was no room on the plate to put it to one side. I can recommend the 2005 Strada del Bacco Sangiovese which went down smoothly on the palette. The restaurant looks like a great place to have a special lunch and here's the SMH Good Living review by Simon Thomsen back in May 2008.
Do you have a favourite Italian restaurant?
Cotoletta alla milanese: Fresh breadcrumb and parmesan-crusted chicken, salad leaves, lemon and shoestring fries $18
Caffe wine menu