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by Maz Serena Rockers (subscribe)
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Published August 21st 2011
Hidden away in The Rocks, Italian restaurant Caminetto is a worthy destination for your tastebuds if you enjoy a variety of food including pizza, pasta, meat, seafood and salads. Don't back away in skepticism if you're a vegan or vegetarian, there are custom versions of dishes designed especially for you.

Fettucini con porcini, chef's menu, under $30

Depicted above is a rich and filling pasta dish with white wine and salmon in addition to the typical creamy texture. This is a sure choice for those looking to satisfy both fish and pasta cravings. The salmon was light, rather than overpowering as can be with many dishes which contain it. The fettucini itself had a pleasant texture and suited the creamy sauce. The flavour infusions of this pasta dish worked surprisingly well.

I had to order a glass of white wine to go with the pasta.

White wine was served at $5 a glass. There were of course non-alcoholic beverages available for those who haven't developed a taste for wine. The cappucino appeared fluffy and the tea was delightful, especially given that tasty Caminetto after dinner mints were provided with them. This is particularly convenient if you too manage to eat too much of your main and accidentally don't leave enough room for dessert.

The beaker of milk was adorable, with its unique placement within the cup.

Overall, the service was lovely and dinner arrived quite briskly. There was a Mediterranean feel to the place, as if you weren't sitting in the rocks, which is something to go to Caminetto for if you're always in the city. This atmosphere is particularly exacerbated by the talented in-house musicians, who played the harp and sang for some melodic entertainment. This ensured a light and inviting atmosphere. More than adequate heating was provided despite being seated outside on a chilly night.

Notice the custom "Caminetto

It was this menu, situated outside, as well as the general aesthetics of the building itself which encouraged me to try Caminetto. The sheer variety of dishes and the wide choice of vegetarian and vegan options is worthy of praise for a restaurant in the city.

The menu. On the bottom, you can even see the acknowledgement of vegetarian and vegan diets.

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Why? Italian atmosphere at The Rocks, diet-friendly
When: 10am-after 11 on Friday & Saturday, 10am to 10pm all other days.
Where: 13-17 Playfair St Sydney, 2000
Cost: Moderate, but relatively inexpensive for a restaurant in the city
Yay someone else discovered Caminetto :) To be honest, I actually thought that the Fettucine Boscaiola is a bit better than con Porcini (I tried my friend's one). However, I don't like cooked salmon - I prefer it smoked, unless it's atlantic salmon. You were spot on about the atmosphere, though I swear the guys were singing in more Spanish than Italian, haha. My vegetarian friend also loves this place. Nice place, food and service; accurate review.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 28th of August @ 11:58 am
My friend had fettucine boscaiola! I tasted some, it was delicious. Thank you for the compliment, it's great to know that my writing is appreciated. You should write for here too - you have a great writing style, from what I can see.


Maz Serena
By Maz Serena Rockers - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 31st of August @ 12:52 pm
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