ROSETTA RISTORANTE | Delicious Italian by Neil Perry
Looking for a new special occasion spot for dinner, or an excuse to indulge in your favourite pasta? Try Rosetta, I loved it!
THE UPSIDE: authentic Italian food and flare, delicious and uncomplicated dishes in a beautiful CBD setting.
THE DOWNSIDE: we waited a bit longer than usual between starter and entrée, but it’s not much to complain about when the service is good and when the food hits the spot when it does arrive.
Rosetta is located in the CBD, in the neck of the words near The Morrison and close to Circular Quay. Home to Neil Perry’s latest venture, Rosetta is all class without any fuss.
The menu is distinctly Italian, as are many of the wait staff who tempt you with Campari cocktails to begin – and they are hard to resist. My advice is, just smile and say, “sure, we’d love one!”. It’s a good start. I was also excited to see Lambrusco (sparkling red wine) on the wine list. Technically, that was my starter drink, in the bar.
There is a lovely, warm ambience in the room, which takes you somewhere else when you step off the streets of the business end of the city. Once inside, the room opens up with elegant arches in the ceiling and sits across two levels. For city punters, there is an outdoor casual bar and pizzeria, too.
Two of us shared a starter, an entrée pasta each (yes, pasta, do it!) and then our mains. Portions were generous but we weren’t over-full; mostly on account of the pasta being so light and fresh it left room for more. I highly recommend the orecchiette with anchovy and garlic – my favourite dish of the night. The gnocchi was very good also. Perfectly prepared pasta like that is a real treat (especially after a couple of months of avoiding carbs).
Do check out this addition to the Sydney dining scene. It’s that great mix of sophisticated and relaxed.