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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Italian Street Kitchen

By Sangeeta Kocharekar August 10, 2016
ITALIAN STREET KITCHEN

Sydneysiders, there’s a new Italian spot in town. 

Tucked away on a side street in Neutral Bay lies the bustling Italian Street Kitchen. The low-key, smaller-sized restaurant aims to embody the Italian way of eating and sharing. Dishes are deliberately low-priced to allow for bulk ordering, and the restaurant is buzzing with conversation.

Despite the venue’s business on a Friday and Saturday night, the wait time is little to none. After a few minutes wait in line to order at the counter, one of the wait staff (as authentic Italian as the food) will direct you to a recently-freed table. The food comes out quickly and cleverly. For instance, the garlic & herb focaccia flat bread arrives on a pizza-like stilt with a special pair of scissors to cut it, while the baked cheese antipasto dish arrives in a fondue-style metal pan with bread slices to the side. 

ITALIAN STREET KITCHEN

The restaurant caters to everyone – from families with toddlers to strangers on a first date. The sight of dough being rolled in the kitchen-area to hearing the cackle of the wood-fired oven lend themselves to the dining experience.

And because of the large quantity of diners crammed into the venue’s small space, it’s almost impossible not to feel as if you are part of a bigger community.  

ITALIAN STREET KITCHEN

As mentioned, the dishes are meant to be shared so ordering a couple appetisers, dishes, and a dessert – we vote the tiramisu – to split is the way to go. The main dish portion size is substantial, but adding the appetisers and dessert will leave you feeling satisfied. 

In keeping with the authentic Italian theme, the drinks menu is filled with traditional Italian beverages from shots of limoncello and Grappa, to Peroni beers and bottles of full-bodied red wine. 

As the Italians would say, buon appetito.

ITALIAN STREET KITCHEN

How to describe it: An affordable and relaxed restaurant offering authentic Italian dishes to take-away or dine-in.

Must tries: 

1. Garlic & herb focaccia 

2. Beef rump cap

3. Tiramisu – even if you think you can’t eat another bite after your meal, order the tiramisu to share. You will find room for it.

Price: Approx. $80 per couple with a cocktail and full feast each.

Italian Street Kitchen is located at 5/19-21 Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay and is open seven days 11:30pm until 9:30pm.

Call them on 02 9953 5888.

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