211 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
Italian local gem in Paddo
A call out on Sydney Food Bloggers for a kid friendly restaurant in the Eastern Suburbs inspires me to check out Vino e Cucina. Thanks @kittismallbone for the restaurant tip and @naomi_rheinberger for first telling me about this place years ago — I finally made it. Freshly shacked [shucked] oyster with pickled cucumber, salmon roe & vinaigrette ($4) have a nice flavour combo and were a great way to start. Definitely seems to be shucked to order as they provided the lid of the oyster shell in the plating which is always nice to see. Deep fried calamari with salt and pepper ($16.90) were nice and tender and quite tasty. If they had just a touch more crisp coating would have been even better but still a good one to share. Bambini Pizza Ham - San Marzano Tomato, Mozzarella & Ham ($15) was very yummy with plenty of ham ripples. Miss 5 year old loved it. Gamberi - San Marzano tomato, fior di latte, prawns, zucchini, cherry tomato, rocket ($25.50) was nice but I would have preferred no zucchini and rocket and swapped it with some pepperoni, olives and chilli oil for the win.
Tiramisu Fatto in Casa ($12.90) which I translate to mean eating tiramisu makes you as fat as a house ;-) had a light texture and yummy flavour. This was a great way to finish and definitely generous enough to share between two although I ended up eating most of it because the Mrs doesn't like tiramisu. Lemon Sorbet ($5) was yummy and a crowd pleaser for Miss 5 year old — she loved those sprinkles on top as well. I spotted a poster in the toilet promoting a free glass of house wine if you upload a photo to Zomato. I think they should say social media instead so it includes Facebook and Instagram which would be more common for people to use. Service was down-to-earth and friendly and the decor cosy. There's a great garden courtyard out the back and a couple of intimate booths inside along the passageway past the kitchen. Such a local gem and great to finally discover.