Paesanella means "Country peasant girl" in Italian and with a philosophy based around developing relationships and produce based around freshly made "Country style products" this family owned business knows what they are doing. Paesanella Cafe on busy Marrickville Road is in a very unassuming location but their amazing food, their attentive service and their perfect produce certainly makes up for what the scenery lacks.
Marrickville Road, Marrickville - not much of a view but the food definitely makes up for it
Umberto Somma's vision 50 years ago of providing freshly made cheese still holds true. Even though he has passed, his son Max continues the tradition of bringing the best, fresh cheese to the people. With 15 - 20 tonnes of cheese produced per week in their Marrickville factory complete with milk ricotta, dry ricotta,buffalo ricotta, mascarpone, mozzarella, burrata and haloumi. Now with the factory closed on Saturdays it has made room for the family to open up their cafe on Marrickville road with a shop upstairs and the hope that this 4 storey building will one day be a food emporium with retail or dining on each level.
Decadent, creamy Burrata - buffalo mozzarella tied with a knot.
We sat down one Saturday afternoon at a front table with immediate service from a cheery, knowledgable waiter brandishing a bottle of water and glasses. We poured over the exciting menu full of cheese. It was a dream. We were encouraged to start by sharing the Burrata, buffalo mozzarella tied with a knot and oozing with creamy goodness as you poke through the ball and mop up the creaminess with crispy bread. Sharing this decadent cheesy starter was perfect as any more would have left me too full to enjoy my main meal.
My main meal was a terracotta dish full of potato gnocchi dumplings bathing in a rich, tomato sauce sprinkled with cheese. Each dumpling melted in my mouth and I just wanted more. We shared a green salad which perfectly complimented the richness of the tomato sauce. Lasagne, meat platters,cheese platters,a monstrous burger and salads make the menu complete and would appeal to most palates.
Delicious Ricotta Cake with a centre dollop of nutella.
Finally we could not go past the desserts. The waiter would not let us leave without trying their signature ricotta cake. I know this cake well as they combine with Papa Pasticerria, Haberfield to create their cannoli's and ricotta cake, which I just love. The slices of ricotta cake were sold out but their individual ricotta and nutella cake was still on offer so that was the one for us. To share of course. Completely moorish and melt in your mouth smooth ricotta and nutella filling. No cream on the side was necessary for me. I needed a steaming green tea to break the richness of the cake. But it was certainly worth it and I will be back for more Paesanella cheesy goodness.