A New York gal living in Sydney. An ICU nurse by profession and urban hippie. A pescatarian, runner/yoga lover, scuba diver & green-living enthusiast. Admits to being a coffee snob & is owned by a sweet French Bulldog.
Published September 20th 2014
Not your standard Spag Bol
My friend from Italy chose Pasta Emilia to meet for a traditional Italian lunch. I have heard nice things about this restaurant and was keen to eat there as they make all their fresh pasta in large kitchens on-site using certified organic and biodynamic products. The restaurant is somewhat off the beaten Surry Hills foodie path and when I arrived it was fairly busy, with most people sipping on wine with their lunch.
While I was waiting for my friend, I had time to look at all sorts of goodies Pasta Emilia sells to take home and cook. The shelves were lined with all types of cordials such as lemon, lime and orange, ginger and pink grapefruit. There were also pots of jams and teas. In the refrigerated section were ravioli of the gourmet variety like duck and truffle, crab and prawn, beef and parmigiana cheese, and chicken with pumpkin and zucchini.
My Italian stallion friend arrived and I had long decided that we would be sharing the Caprese Insalata ($16), a tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella salad. I liked this starter combination of flavours with the fresh basil giving it that fragrant sweetness. Perfect size as well for two to share.
Next came our freshly made main courses that were both the Tortelli of the Day with Truffle Cream Sauce ($20 - $22). His Tortelli de Giorno had a pumpkin and spinach filling, whilst mine was the same but with an added beetroot filling inside. The creamy truffle sauce was delicate, yet could hold its own with adding just a dash of salt and parmigiana cheese.
Tortelli of the Day with Creamy Truffle Sauce
We both had room after lunch for coffee and to share some dolci. We chose the Baked Sicilian Ricotta Cake with Homemade Glazed Orange Peel ($12.5). I enjoyed this version of a baked cheese cake. The ricotta was smooth with an added slight crunch when I swept it in the sugar and cinnamon that sprinkled the plate.
Baked Sicilian Ricotta Cake with Homemade Orange Peel
Lunch was lovely and according to my Italian friend, everything about the place, both food and decor were very traditional Italian. You would think you were in Italy as even the high-chair for children was vintage wood. To be constructive, I would have preferred that condiments be left on the table as we had to ask for salt for our pasta and sugar for the coffee. That aside, I would recommend Pasta Emilia for an authentic Italian meal in a rustic European setting. They also offer regular Italian cooking classes...how fun that would be to make my own organic and biodynamic chèvre cheese ravioli. Cibo delizioso!
Gourmet certified organic fresh pasta to take home