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Published April 27th 2014
Everybody loves Italian food
When world famous Jamie Oliver opened his restaurant in Sydney, I was very excited to try it having watched many of his shows on television. Jamie Oliver's passion for Italian cooking began when he was a young chef and met Gennaro Contaldo in London, where their friendship blossomed into what is now Jamie's Italian, all over the world, with more than thirty restaurants. Jamie Oliver apparently declared that "he should have been Italian", and one wouldn't doubt that when they taste the meals in his restaurant.
Located on Pitt street in the CBD, the restaurant is easily accessible, with secure parking also available nearby. However, when we went there, it wasn't possible to book because we only had a small group of four, so had to queue up with the two dozen or so people to get in. Once you're at the front of the queue the staff write down your names and tell you approximate waiting time so that they could call you when a table became available. However, it is possible now to make online bookings for small and large groups.
The restaurant is open seven days from 11:30am till late. The decor inside the restaurant includes dark, wooden tables along a long room, but there's plenty of seating both upstairs and downstairs, as well as a bar for drinks.
The anti pasti selection and desserts were delicious. I personally found the truffle pasta a little too buttery but others might like that. Great venue for dinner or drinks. Not the cheapest restaurant in town, but you'll love the experience.
I have waited 3 long hours and was very disapointed by the food and the mood. Very common. It's very noisy and unpleasant. Next time, I will try a real Italian restaurant, this is not worth the wait and the price.