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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published December 15th 2014
Make It To The Show On Time
Pyrmont is Sydney's most densely populated suburb. Probably because it's only about one square kilometre in area. It's dominated by The Star Casino and Lyric Theatre which is why it makes sense to have big, friendly - and fast - restaurants nearby.

Made In Italy is exactly that. Waiting to be seated, the hosts greeted half the customers like old friends, calling them by name and warmly embracing them. Other customers, ourselves included, were politely welcomed - but then politely ignored.

Made In Italy
Pumpkin gnocchi with butter sage sauce

We knew we were on a restricted time frame due to our show at the Lyric beginning in two hours, but even we were not prepared for how quickly our food arrived. Our entree was on the table within about five minutes of ordering. Not normally one to complain about getting food promptly, but I actually felt a bit rushed.

The extensive menu - all Italian of course - is full of all your expected favourites including antipasti to share, pastas and 15 types of pizzas. There are ten pasta sauces available, ranging between the $16 Arrabbiata to the $24 Gorgonzola. To these, you have the choice of three pastas (spaghetti, penne or fettucine), or for an extra $3, ravioli or gnocchi.

Made In Italy
Blackboard specials, old school style

Pizzas are all about the same price: $16 for a medium and $25 for a large. You will find all the usual suspects and, for those requiring gluten free, any pizza can be made GF for an extra $3.

There are half a dozen or so other mains (covering seafood, chicken and beef) that cost between $21 and $29.

Specials are recorded on chalk boards around the room, amidst other decorations such as ropes of garlic and a full-sized Fiat parked in the corner. Fully authentic.

Made In Italy
There is a full sized Fiat parked inside the restaurant

We agreed that garlic bread might make us unloveable bedfellows, so we chose the stuffed zucchini flowers from the specials board instead. Filled with ricotta and sardines, the flowers ($5 each) were battered and deep fried. Unfortunately, the haste to bring them out meant that the batter was still doughy and raw in places, although the flower itself was crisp and tasty. It wasn't great.

Made In Italy
Zucchini flower

I selected the pumpkin gnocchi with butter and sage sauce ($24) also from the specials menu. It was fine, nothing spectacular; it could have benefitted from a tad more seasoning and sharp parmesan, although the sage and butter sauce was sinfully good. It might be better as an entree rather than a huge main.

My friend had the spaghetti polpette (meatballs) for $24, and while the pasta itself was perfectly cooked, and the tomato sugo light and fresh, the meatballs were quite small, hard and dense, and not big, moist and collapsible as you would imagine. Again, the dish was okay, but not great.

Made In Italy
Spaghetti Polpette

That being said, the restaurant was almost full on the Saturday night we visited. It is popular and I do understand why. There were plenty of happy families and couples, all having a happy, loud time. Children seem to be particularly well treated, with the kids at nearby tables all given pizza dough to practice with (or play with, depending on your perspective).

If it's your birthday, you get to ring a loud bell. Noise is fun when you're a kid.

Made In Italy is a local restaurant. It is fun and fast and the food is fine. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to eat there, but it is convenient and friendly, and the pizzas looked like they would definitely be worth a try.

There are Made in Italy restaurants across Sydney, including Rose Bay, the CBD, Castle Hill and Annandale.
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Why? Fast and friendly food, great for pre-show dinner
When: Open daily 5-10/10.30pm. Friday lunch 12-2.30pm
Phone: 02 9518 8182
Where: 104 Miller St Pyrmont
Cost: moderate
Your Comment
You're very diplomatic. I thought those zucchini flowers were bloody awful. ;)
by danik (score: 1|10) 1795 days ago
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