Walking up and down Chapel street wondering what I felt like eating, I happened upon 'Sauced'. I had not really noticed it before but the menu looked good, the concept interesting and the atmosphere ~ cosy, so I decided to try it out.
Speaking with Benny at Sauced, I find out it's only been open since October 2013 and it's a collaborative enterprise between friends and business partners Benny and Sylvan. It was two and a half years in the planning, coming up with a business plan and getting investors on board before Sauce had the go ahead. Impressively, they designed and built the place themselves.
Healthy, wholesome and gluten free options ~ online orders and delivery within a 5km radius
The concept of Sauce was for it to be a place with an Espresso Bar feel, and a little escape from the hectic hustle and bustle. With not a lot of value for money 'good' pasta around, they found there was a gap in the market and decided to fill that niche.
Select the sauce, pick the pasta, add some sides, grab a drink and pay at the counter. $4 extra to upsize 50% more.
The way to order at Sauced; you select the sauce you would like, then you pick your pasta (I love fetuccine), add some sides if you wish, grab a drink and order and pay for it at the counter. If you want to stay light, you can order the smaller portions and if you're wanting to stave the guilt and stay healthy, there are alternatives like zucchini fettucine, veggie strips and spaghetti squash. They also have gluten free pasta. However, if you're in the mood to indulge, perhaps desserts like Bomboloni, Tiramisu, Panna Cotta and Semifreddo would be a consideration for you. The food comes out in throw away containers made out of bamboo pulp.
Some happy, enthusiastic and cooperative customers
If you're feeling really hungry, you can 'supersize' your meal for an extra $4 for 50 percent more pasta and sauce. They've got it all covered. Your meal comes with a fresh slice of bread wrapped in its own napkin. I could have done with a bit of butter for the bread as my pasta dish was a pesto, which is not a 'saucy' kind of meal to wipe off the plate with the bread. I noticed that none of the other diners had butter with their serves of bread either. I didn't bother asking if there was any on offer. Maybe I should have. I however thoroughly enjoyed my fettucine pasta with the broccolini sauce which consisted of fresh chilli, basil pesto, garlic and a squeeze of lemon. Absolutely delicious! Check out their webpage for more food porn and stories.
A casual dine in place to get away from the hustle and bustle
It's a casual dine in place and they stock all Italian wines. They also have Italian style cocktails, beer and cider and the odd bubbly. Their chefs are half from Australia and the other half from Italy, on working visas, bringing you that fresh authentic taste. You can order online from their website, and they also deliver orders within a 5km radius.
They're at 148 Chapel street in Windsor and you can call them on 1300 SAUCED or email them at email@example.com. They also have a Facebook page you can 'like' and they're open from 12noon to 9.30pm from Sunday to Wednesday and from 12noon to 10.30pm from Thursday to Saturday.
As a footnote, after Sauced, I went across to meet friends at the Lucky Coq on Chapel street, and bumped into Sylvan, the other half of Sauced, who walked in, knew some of the people I was with and stopped to say hello. What a coincidence.