A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 30th 2017
A piece of northern Italy
I'm slowly but surely eating my way through the many cafes that Glebe has on offer. Next to tick off the list is the cute little II Cortile Caffe. This homely establishment swept me off the overcast streets of Sydney, away to a relaxing laneway in northern seaside Italy for a little while.
I was greeted by friendly staff at the counter within the long, narrow room, typical of Glebe as I ordered a Mocha to wake up with. Along with this, I got their version of avocado on toast, entitled 'Ricavo'. I liked how this favourite was given a modern, personal twist.
The avo came atop organic linseed, together with ricotta and a sweet balsamic glaze that added a tasty flare. It was a tantalizing, healthy brekkie that was satisfying, but didn't leave me overly full. The coffee was creamy, complete with a good dose of chocolate, and really hit the spot.
One particular feature of Italian cuisine that is celebrated in this cafe is the Piadina Romagnola, an Italian flat bread with various fillers. The ancient dish became increasingly popular since inclusion in the Roman diet, and is now a favourite in Italy alongside pizza.
I look forward to trying this signature next time. Here at Cortile, you may choose from traditional savoury Piadina - with fillers like prosciutto, cheese and rocket - or modern takes like that with Nutella and banana, which would definitely entice the sweet tooth.
Take away your Italian treats or take a seat within the warm establishment. Alternatively, sit outside and enjoy some Glebe people-watching. Enjoy a variety of regional flavours and a humble ambience in which traditional Italy meets modern-day Glebe.