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Il Baretto Italian Restaurant

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by Nicole Arathoon (subscribe)
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Published December 21st 2014
Full of character serving authentic Italian dishes
I love Il Baretto. I have been coming here for years. Bringing friends and family to enjoy the beautiful cuisine and comfortable atmosphere. I arrive early so I can get a table but if I can't they put my name on the list and give me my table number to walk across the road to the pub to wait while I have a drink. This arrangement no longer exists as The Carrington has closed so as you can't book a table here at Il Baretto, if you can't wait patiently then you may need to grab a speedy takeaway which the crew kindly offer.

The restaurant is long with deceptively enough seating. I sit at the front at a small table for two, right underneath the large chalkboard boasting the menu. I know what I will have. It's always the same. I can't go past the home-made gnocchi with arrabiatta sauce.
Homemade gnocchi with arrabiatta sauce for $24

Tiny pillows of potato gnocchi melt in my mouth perfectly as they are balanced out by the rich, tomato sauce. I will not have gnocchi anywhere else except Il Baretto. The serving is always generous and I often have no need to add any extra pepper of even cheese. My friend chose the pappardelle with duck ragu which always makes it onto the specials board.
Pappardelle with duck ragu for $26

Il Baretto is full of character from the cheeky chefs at the very open kitchen, to the butchers paper menu plastered up onto the wall, to the short water glass to drink your wine from. It is no surprise they won the 2013 Good Food Guides, BYO Restaurant of the Year.

My passion for Il Baretto may be as great as the owners' and the chefs' passion as they endeavour to always keep the menu authentic to their Italian roots and keep the venue authentic with its rustic yet classic appeal.
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Why? BYO Italian Restaurant full of character and authentic dishes.
When: Tuesday to Saturday Lunch 12pm - 3pm Dinner 6pm - 10pm
Phone: 02 9361 6163
Where: 496 Bourke Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010​​​​ 
Cost: varied and reasonable prices from $6 - $28 for food.
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