Rita Rizk is a Sydney-based journalist. She’s curious about the world, the biggest foodie alive, enjoys the outdoors, and loves music. She’s forever exploring the world. Find her on Instagram at @sydneytastebudz
Published October 27th 2019
From the moment you walk in, it's like you entered a suburban street in Italy… the smell of fresh basil, woodfire roasted dough and red wine…
Have you been to Mangiasti? Italian for, Have you eaten?
The hidden gem in Sydney's North Shore is offering up some of the best Southern Italian food with a dining space which feels like you're home away from home.
My husband Shaun and I were in awe of the beautiful space, with rustic brick walls and grapevines flowing from the industrial-inspired ceiling. It's simple, cosy and full of life - the decor drawing on inspiration from the owners' hometown of Calabria, kind of like an Italian square.
As well as the electric atmosphere and feel, the service was top of the class, we couldn't be happier with waiters who were really friendly ensuring we were satisfied and full!
There is lots to choose from the menu so we asked the head chef for his recommendations and you can never go wrong...
First we started with garlic pizza, fresh out of the imported wood fire oven with a generous amount of garlic and rosemary on top of the crispy base. Next was deep-fried calamari, not your average though… these ones were slightly battered, cooked just right and needed nothing but a squeeze of lemon.
For mains, we had to try the seafood pasta… this is the restaurants special - Linguine al Caroccio. The dish was wrapped in baking paper and served fresh out of the oven… The waiter unveiled the dish, mixed it up for us and dinner was served!
It's a mixture of juicy cherry tomatoes, slowly sautéed with the garlic, drizzled with fresh olive oil and mixed with fresh local seafood including scampi, prawns and pipi – so fresh and zesty! It was an absolute hit and a great choice if you're opting for a meat-free dish.
To finish it off, we were recommended the Rocher Semifreddo served with coconut and roasted almonds. My husband compared this dish to the perfect Ferrero rocher chocolate – rich, tasty and melts in your mouth.
And you can't go past an Italian restaurant without trying the tiramisu. Unlike your traditional tiramisu, this one was infused in red wine not coffee - a must-try!