"A bloody good wog feed mate, get it into ya!" - Ernest Hemingway
Having secured a liquor licence a few years ago, Tony Fedele had finished cementing the final pillar of quality upholding his personal pride and joy. This family restaurant / pizza parlour now serves an array of beers, wines, and spirits to complement the heartiest of Italian meals, along with a creative assortment of pizzas favoured throughout the neighbourhood and beyond. I've heard numerous people proclaim that Fedele's makes the best pizzas they've ever had, and the owner has had requests from customers as far away as Clyde (a full hour round-trip) willing to tip generously for a delivery. Having sampled practically every item on the menu, I understand why.
One of the finest pizzas this side of the Hawkesbury...
A quick run through of just a few of the stand-out items on the menu: Stuffed Mushrooms (entrée); Beer-Battered Chips (if you're wondering why chips deserve a mention in an Italian restaurant, just try them); Bresaola (an appetiser of thinly-sliced, cured beef, seasoned with aged balsamic vinegar - think prosciutto, beef-style); Pasta ai Due Sapore (creamy tomato pasta - see below); and the emperor of veal dishes, Involtini Saltimbocca. This last crafty creation involves creamy camembert cheese, wrapped in prosciutto and fresh, tender veal, cooked in a sage, white wine, and cream sauce. Molto bene.
The eccentric, motley crew of staff is persistent and proud, producing incredible food, in a timely and affordable manner. The result is a friendly and entertaining atmosphere, complementing the great recipes of il paese vecchio, along with Tony's new masterful creations.
Having been a repeat customer over several years, the head chef once took a breather to show me the secret to cooking my favourite pasta dish of all time, ai Due Sapore (translated as "two flavours" as it mixes both the traditional creamy and tomato sauces). Having acquired the goose that lays the golden eggs, or in this case, the golden avocados and prawns, I made it number one on my list of culinary masterpieces, and have continued to gluttonously indulge both at home and at the restaurant to this day.
If you are an East Ryde local, chances are you've either savoured the pizzas or had a family night out at the restaurant itself. I recommend updating your fridge with the latest delivery menu, which includes a new vegetarian masterpiece, La Verona. Drivers deliver every night of the week except for Monday, to within a reasonable distance (surrounding suburbs) - their number is 9889 7770. If you're from far and wide, take my advice and make the journey - the peaceful neighbourhood, easy parking, and the adjacent playground are the perfect family environment. Alternatively, drop in for a pick-up discount, especially on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, with cheaper pizza and pasta deals respectively on offer.
Finally, if you're still not convinced, just consider this: the Round Honourable Member for North Sydney, Mr Joe Hockey, has ventured all the way out to this secluded spot to fill his rotund belly. If anyone knows good eatin', it's him.