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Casa di Nico Italian Restaurant

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at
Published March 6th 2011
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore." Well, there's much more than pizza at Casa Di Nico on King Street Wharf. You'll experience the charm and romance of Italy in a beautiful waterfront setting.

Inspired by simple, fresh ingredients, the menu at Casa Di Nico is all about the rich robust flavours and an innovative approach to contemporary Italian fare, including the freshest seafood, for which the Nick's brand is well renowned.

Casa Di Nico is one of the chain of Nick Manettas famous and hugely popular Sydney restaurants. Nick's Bar and Grill is right next door. Just around the corner is Nick's Seafood, and the reputable I'm Angus steakhouse.

At the heart of the open kitchen is the wood fired oven, adding atmosphere as well as aromatic and visual delight. Many of the best dishes on the menu are shaded with the smoky flavour produced by this method of cooking.

Pizzas are magnifico, with traditional toppings such as salami, Scamorza cheese, red onion and anchovy, but if you'd like something made to order, they're happy to accommodate you. Being a bit of a seafood nut, I went for the Frutti di Mare, with prawns, calamari, vongole, octopus and mussels with fresh tomato and saffron.

Pastas are wonderful; you should try the lobster and crab ravioli with shellfish butter sauce. Casa di Nico also does a small-ish seafood platter, minus chips and lobster, but it offers a good selection for two, with wood-fired bugs, prawns, calamari, octopus, mussels and vongole tossed with garlic, chilli and olive oil. Check the blackboard for some cracking specials, including wood-roasted lobster tail with taleggio.

Every day there is an ITALIAN HOUR at Casa di Nico from 3-6pm. $5 Wine by the Glass, $9 Cocktails, $12 Jugs of Draught Beer & all Woodfired Pizzas $15.

The wine list compliments the menu perfectly with a selection of Australian and Italian wines.

And if you want to learn how to make pizza from scratch, Casa Di Nico also has pizza making classes for groups of 10 or more. A glass of wine is included and the cost is $65 per head.

Casa Di Nico is a family friendly restaurant with arguably the best Italian in Sydney CBD.

The Promenade
Lime Street
King Street Wharf Sydney NSW 2000
Phone 1300 989 989
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Why? Because noi amiamo la cucina italiana of course
When: Lunch and dinner
Where: King Street Wharf
Cost: Affordable
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