Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published August 16th 2013
Bigger and better but still the same fabulous food
We had missed the opening, but four days later, word was out. Fratelli Fresh was well and truly packed when we arrived at 6.30, and the people continued to arrive, filling the tables on the street. The flow was steady throughout the evening, so I guess you might say the new location is a successful addition to the exceptional formula.
The new venue houses Cafe Sopra, a pizzeria, a bar and a providore with walk in cool room and bottle shop (featuring Sopra wines, beers and spirits). The bonus of this new location is ample on-street and off-site Fratelli Fresh Customer Parking.
The food is, as always, faultless. The kids were happy with the pizzas, ordering the chorizo pizza and a prosciutto and rocket pizza (without the rocket).
The celebration was for our youngest, who chose the chips with a side of broccolini (with lemon and olive oil). While we had the only children in the restaurant, they were welcomed, served their drinks quickly and the odd ordering was not queried.
Unfortunately, the smell of the pizzas on the nearby table made us think that a pizza might be a good entrée. So we got a delicious Nduja salami pizza to share, then greedily ordered mains.
While delicious, after a taste of the zucchini flowers with five cheeses, this was almost a meal in itself.
For our mains, we ordered the Osso Bucco, which is cooked to perfection, and the tuna pasta, which is light and tasty, combining the sweetness of the cherry tomatoes and crunch of the pangrattato with the tuna flavour. Alas they were wasted a little on us, as we'd already eaten so much. I recommend ordering an actual entrée if you go, as the mains are generous.
I'm keen to return with a group of friends and book the private dining room.
Part of the charm of Fratelli Fresh is the providore element, and this one has a huge walk in cool room, which is worth a visit just to experience. Still all the dry staples you expect, but plenty of cheeses, fresh fruit and the cold beers and Italian soft drinks. If you could resist not eating on site, you could purchase all you need for a veritable Italian feast at home.
I have since learnt an old Italian saying "Ne ammazza più la gola che la spada." It means gluttony kills more than the sword. This is worth remembering to resist the temptations of the delights of the Café Sopra menu and Fratelli Fresh.