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Published November 3rd 2012
Delicious Italian Cuisine in Haberfield
One of the traditions that my partner and I have is after work on a Friday night we dine out somewhere different, this could be anywhere, whether it be in the Sydney CBD or the North Shore, or in the Inner West. Basically somewhere where we can wind down and discuss what happen during the week, while also planning for the following one. On this particular Friday night, we both decided we would like Italian food, and what better suburb to visit than Haberfield, which has a vast array of Italian restaurants.
We wanted to try a different restaurant as we had been to a few different ones in Haberfield previously, lucky enough we chose Goloso. Located in the old Haberfield Post Office on Dalbousie Street, immediately after walking in I liked the place. We were greeted by a musician who was happily playing a keyboard while singing in a corner and the whole place was buzzing with chatter and I noticed a variety of both families and couples enjoying the dining experience.
Getting down to business, my partner and I decided to order a garlic pizza for starters, for our mains she ordered the Gorgonzola Risotto while I opted for Gnocchi Pollo. On the menu Fettuccine Pollo was available, however being a lover of Gnocchi, I asked for it instead, after the waiter consulted with the Kitchen to see if could be done, I was happy to find that it could. This proved to me that the dishes were freshly prepared and made, considering as they could easily be modified to a customers' liking. This is always a good thing.
It didn't take long at all for us to be served our garlic pizza and shortly after that, our main meals. My partners Gorgonzola Risotto looked appetising and the feedback I received from her was that it tasted delicious, with her enjoying the textures and the pine nuts, which added that extra something to the dish.
For myself, the presentation of the Gnocchi Pollo looked great, after tasting it, I found the sauce to be rich and creamy with just the right amount of chicken and sun dried tomatoes mixed in, which at times if not balanced right, especially when using pasta like Gnocchi, can make the dish taste not quite right. The serving size was quite good, but being totally honest, considering how good the dish tasted, I easily could have enjoyed a little more even though it wouldn't have helped my waist line.
Other than the meal, what stuck me at Goloso was the ambiance and the fun atmosphere. Looking around the room from the kitchen staff, the waitstaff, the customers dining, to musician in the corner, everyone looked like they were having a good time being there. It was great to see, and something that can't be said with other restaurants that I have visited in the past. With the kitchen being quite open, it was interesting to see how well all of the chefs worked together, while still working independently in their their own space, with their own areas of responsibility. The same can be said about the waitstaff who were always quick to clear finished dishes, as well as being attentive to their customers' needs, no matter how large or small the request were.
Quite simply, Goloso is a fun and vibrant authentic Italian restaurant to visit to kick of the weekend with friends and family. Being greeted with a smile at the door and awesome service made my decision quite easy about whether I will be dining there again in the future. Having a fantastic meal and dining experience to go along with the friendly atmosphere is a added bonus.