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Candelori's Ristorante e Bar

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Published July 14th 2019
Fine dining Italian, way out west
Candelori's Interior
Candelori's

'Don't judge a book by its cover' rings true for this fine dining restaurant located off the main arterial road known as The Horsley Drive at Smithfield - a predominantly industrial precinct in the Greater Western Sydney region. Amongst the rows of dated traditional Aussie suburban shopfronts with facades resembling the milkbar era is Candelori's Italian Restaurant.

A friend had made reservations at Candelori's and we were none the wiser expecting a casual Italian dinner, not realising that we were a tad underdressed for the venue!

From the moment we stepped through the extra-large entrance door, we were mesmerised by the grandeur of the interior. It was as if we were standing in of one the ritziest and finest dining venue that Sydney had to offer and it's not in Barangaroo, it's in Smithfield.

The statement piece is the grand long marble waterfall benchtop occupying almost the length of the whole floor separating the open kitchen from the main dining area. On the benchtop sits these huge floral arrangements in glass vases lined in a row.

The high ceilings are detailed with dark timber panelling adorned with smoke glass globe pendant chandeliers with amber light bulbs creating a pleasant and warm ambience for a decadent Italian meal.

Candelori's
Candelori's


The menu was quite extensive, everything looked tantalising on paper even before eating – they have weekly 'specials' in addition to their regular ten items per category from stuzzichini (finger food), Primi (first course), pasta, pesce (fish), carne e griglia (meat), contorni (side dishes), insalate (salads) and woodfire pizza and then there's the dessert menu, wine list and bar menu – where do we start?

We started with some refreshing lemon-lime bitters and cocktails to ease into the intense deliberation of menu selection.

candeloris cocktails
Candelori's Cocktails


Candelori's Cocktails
Candelori's Cocktails


STUZZICHINI (Finger Food)
SUCKLING PIG CROQUETTES WITH BLACK TRUFFLE | aioli | lemon

Crispy croquette shell filled with lovely moist pulled suckling pork packed full of truffle flavour goodness.

SUCKLING PIG CROQUETTES WITH BLACK TRUFFLE
SUCKLING PIG CROQUETTES WITH BLACK TRUFFLE


PRIMI (First Course)
CHARRED FREMANTLE OCTOPUS & CONFIT FENNEL | herb salsa

Slightly over-charred but tender none the less octopus on a bed of refreshing fennel salad.

Candelori's Primi
Charred Octapus


ZUCCHINI FLOWERS | ricotta | goats cheese | pecorino

Lightly battered crispy zucchini flower filled with smooth ricotta

Candelori's Stuffed zuchinni flower
ZUCCHINI FLOWERS


SWORDFISH CARPACCIO | lemon chive oil | pomegranate | salt bush | caviar

Fine and delicately sliced swordfish lightly cured with lemon juice complemented by refreshing fruity sweet and sour bursts of pomegranate seeds.

Candelori's
SWORDFISH CARPACCIO


PASTA
LINGUINE WITH MORETON BAY BUGS | TIGER PRAWNS | MUSSELS | cherry tomatoes | chilli

Linguine cooked to Al-dente in a light fresh cherry tomato sauce topped with juicy seafood.

Candelori's Pasta
LINGUINE WITH MORETON BAY BUGS


CRAB & PRAWN RAVIOLI | lemon butter | pangrattato

Ravioli filled with sweet crab meat tossed in a bed of thick tomato sauce topped with melted shredded Parmigiano cheese.

Candelori's Ravioli
CRAB & PRAWN RAVIOLI


POTATO GNOCCHI WITH BLACK TRUFFLE | mixed mushrooms, potato crisps

Soft, moist and delicate gnocchi in a Moorish, rich and creamy mushroom truffle sauce topped with melted Parmigiano cheese.

Candelori's POTATO GNOCCHI WITH BLACK TRUFFLE
POTATO GNOCCHI WITH BLACK TRUFFLE


PESCE (Fish)
CRISPY HUMPTY DOO BARRAMUNDI | roasted cherry truss tomatoes | capers | confit garlic

Perfectly seared barramundi with crispy skin on a soft bed of silky smooth mash.

Candelori's Barramundi
Barramundi


CARNE E GRIGLIA (Meat)
WOODFIRED CRISPY PORCHETTA | pork belly | parsnip puree | charred witlof

Succulent pork wrapped in crackling on a bed of sweet parsnip puree.

Candelori's WOODFIRED CRISPY PORCHETTA
WOODFIRED CRISPY PORCHETTA


WAGYU BEEF CHEEK | rucola | cabbage | parsley | red wine

Melt in your mouth soft wagyu beef floating in a soup of delicious red wine sauce.

Candelori's WAGYU BEEF CHEEK
WAGYU BEEF CHEEK


SALT CRUSTED RIB EYE | 450g grass-fed | roasted garlic | rosemary | extra virgin olive oil

Lightly seasoned, tender and juicy - simplicity at its best, no sauce required.

Candelori's SALT CRUSTED RIB EYE
SALT CRUSTED RIB EYE


WOODFIRE PIZZA
MISTO MARE | tomato | fior di latte | tiger prawns | baby calamari | mussels | octopus

Smokey woodfire crusted pizza base topped with lovely seasoned seafood and melted mozzarella.

Candelori's Woodfire Pizza
Woodfire Pizza


CONTORNI (Side Dishes)
SHOESTRING FRIES | rosemary salt | truffle aioli

Who can say no to fries with truffle aioli, even when you've ordered more than enough food to feed a whole army!

Candelori's shoestring fries
Shoestring Fries


DESSERTS
RICOTTA BOMBOLINI | warm Italian doughnuts, lemon curd, pistachio crumble

For doughnut lovers - mini doughnut balls rolled in sugar and cinnamon served warm with tangy lemon curd and ice-cream.

Candelori's RICOTTA BOMBOLINI
RICOTTA BOMBOLINI


CHOCOLATE ROCHER | hazelnut mousse, caramel cream, hazelnut biscotti, passionfruit sorbet

A giant Ferrero Rocher filled with chocolate ganache and hazelnuts matched with passion-fruit sorbet.

Candelori's CHOCOLATE ROCHER
CHOCOLATE ROCHER


MANGO & VANILLA CRÈME BRÛLÉE | vanilla custard, mango sorbet

Silky smooth brulee with perfect cracking, balanced with the tangy sorbet.

Canelori's MANGO & VANILLA CRÈME BRÛLÉE
MANGO & VANILLA CRÈME BRÛLÉE


Candelori's Italian restaurant has been the locals' go-to establishment for all the special occasion celebrations since it opened its doors in 1999. Two decades later in 2019 after our first visit, we returned three times since - better discovered late than never!

If you happen to have driven past or have heard of this establishment for decades but have just never quite made it there, tick it off your list and make a reservation for a great Italian dining experience.
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Why? Fine Dining Restaurant in the Greater Western Sydney Region
Phone: 02 9729 1155
Where: 685 The Horsley Drive Smithfield NSW 2164
Cost: from $18
Your Comment
Great article May. My sweet tooth is salivating over those desserts.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|1997) 31 days ago
Agree with your comments. Been some time since I've dined there and menu updated. Hard to know what to choose when the meals look and sound so appertising. Definitely on my "to do" list.
by helga (score: 1|17) 34 days ago
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