Mama Rosy’s – Newtown

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Get ready foodies you’re in for a Sicilian Feast!

Grapevines and string lights line the eaves of Mama Rosy’s courtyard and cast their warm glow onto our tables below. I’ve been invited to try the Set Menu ($50pp) as part of a new blogging collaboration with Sydney’s Inner-Western community newspaper Ciao Magazine. Tonight we’ll be feasting on some Sicilian staples including the Antipasto Board, Spaghetti con Le Sarde, a spectacular 1/2 metre pizza and a trio of desserts. If the divine smell of yeasted dough wafting from the woodfire oven is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat! 

This evening I am joined by some of Sydney’s most influential foodies – Jackie McMillan from Does My Bomb Look Big In This? and Sharon Williams from Western Sydney Food Blog. I thoroughly recommend checking out both of their blogs for the hottest dining news and reviews across Sydney.

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Oak tables, multi-coloured cushions, throw-rugs, and flowers in white milk pitchers envoke a sense of homeliness and familiarity which reminds me of our own garden at home – Our back patio is similarly fenced and roofed with cream Colorbond and Mum is a big fan of decorating our space with pot plants and small knick-knacks found at Vinnies or gardening stores. The only difference it’s the Italian pop icon Peppino di Capri who croons over the sound system rather than my go-to Jack Johnson/ John Mayer playlist.

To the left, a couple on their third date add filters to their Insta-posts before twirling forks through a plate of Tagliatelle with Sautéed Beetroot and Speck Alto Adige PGI – which loosely translates to incredibly well-produced ham. I cannot lie, I had no idea what this meant exactly but upon further digging I found out controlled production of this particular type of smoked ham began in 1992 and strictly in the South Tyrol region which shares borders with Switzerland and Austria, but I digress. 

Chardonnay
We begin with a glass of Diomede “Lama di Pietra” Chardonnay.
Drink.
Our host for the evening is the delightful Margout who recommends we cool down with a glass of the Diomede “Lama di Pietra” Chardonnay ($9 Glass/ $33 Bottle) from Puglia, Italy. If reds are more your thing then Margout suggests a drop made closer to home –  the Yarra Valley Stefani Pinot Noir ($9 Glass/ $33 Bottle). Mama Rosy’s wine list features a selection of the owners’ favourite varieties from across Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Of course you can expect Italian Beers – Menabrea, Peroni and Birra Morretti – and Piazza D’Oro coffee.
Antipasto Board
The stunning Antipasto Board makes a grand entrance at the start of the meal.
Eat.
The crisp Chardonnay is perfect for the warm evening and while we sip we are soon greeted with a smile from co-owner Chris. Chris’ mother is Rosy, who shares her name with the restaurant. His eye’s glisten as he presents our entrée – a glorious Antipasto board which is  bejewelled with prosciutto, cheeses, fritti misti – prawns, polenta chips, croquettes – fresh fruit and more! It’s not only stunning to look at but tastes delicious too, my favourites are the croquettes and arancini.
 
Spaghetti con Le Sarde – Spaghetti with Sardines, Tomatoes, Raisins and Fresh Parsely.
Our Primi (first) course is Spaghetti con Le Sarde, a Sicilian staple hailing from the streets of Palermo, where bold flavours of the East and West fuse to form culinary delights. Sun-dried raisins and fresh mint lend sweetness to local sardines and tomatoes. It’s almost like it’s Christmas again! Each slurp is sweet, saucy and delicious. A single pan-fried sardine adds a playful touch to the finished dish, along with a scattering of pan grattato – toasted bread crumbs flavoured with olive oil and garlic. The generous platter serves three but could easily feed four.

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We follow with Mama Rosy’s acclaimed Half-Metre Pizza which arrives on another large wooden platter and is adorned with a beautiful prosciutto crown. Sure it may seem a little odd to pizza purists but it’s nonetheless a fun addition and does not take away from a gorgeous chewy, slightly soured base made from dough that’s been allowed to prove for 24 hours. By this stage I feel as if I’m not going to make it home, we’ve truly been spoilt.

Pizzaolo Johnny works his magic by the woodfire oven in the kitchen.
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Trio of Desserts: Torta Caprese, Lemon Panacotta and Tiramisu.
If you’re still hungry after all that food then you’re in luck. As stuffed as I was, there’s always room for desserts, and Mama Rosy’s are absolutely divine – Tiramisu, Panacotta with the day’s lemon sauce and Torta Caprese a fudgy flourless chocolate cake made with almonds.
Mama Rosy’s interior is just a colourful and eclectic.
The team at Mama Rosy’s will no doubt go above and beyond to ensure you’re having the best time with your friends. As Margout says, “People want to have a good time. This is why we give as much as we can.” The food was incredibly tasty and I don’t believe that you’ll get the service, quality and value which the team at Mama Rosy’s provides anywhere else.

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Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling,

Brendon

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