Avid theatre-goer, self-proclaimed foodie and crazy dog lady!
Published August 18th 2016
The Sawmill, Italian Restaurant
The Sawmill brings a slice of Italy to the suburban streets of Pymble. New owner Domenico Murdocca opened up the café turned restaurant in April 2016 with the vision of providing customers with a high quality food experience whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Having come from a background in construction, Domenico transformed the space over an 8-week time frame with to produce an industrial, rustic look and feel – a dedication to the history of the local area.
On arrival at The Sawmill, we were greeted chivalrously by a waiter who introduced us to an attentive waitress who lead us to our seats. The restaurant had a homely, comforting wood-fired scent.
The drink menu was presented with a selection of hot and cold beverages. My coffee-loving partner opted for the double piccolo, whereas my inner child was craving a hot chocolate!
Perusing the brunch menu prices ranged from $12 - $22, the winter fruit plate consisted of fresh grapefruit, oranges, and berries with yoghurt maple syrup and coconut flakes ($18)
Next came the corn fritters with perfectly poached eggs, the yolk oozed over the fritters and a tomato and capsicum relish balanced out the flavours. ($22)
Pancakes with apple and blueberry compote, maple syrup and a salted caramel gelato were a sweet delight, the pancakes were light and fluffy and not too full on for breakfast. ($15 or $3 extra for ice cream)
Pancakes with apple & blueberry compote, maple syrup & salted caramel gelato
With the brunch menu done and dusted, we were keen to get to the pizza! We were shown to the kitchen area where a chef prepared the dough pizza bases from scratch with a secret in-house remedy, an art form in itself watching him knead the dough and create perfectly balanced bases each time, you can tell he has done this before.
The recipe is a well-kept secret but we are assured we will be happy with the final product. The wood fired oven temperate varies between 325 – 340 degrees and promises an authentic wood fired taste, time the pizza takes to cook is a total of 2 minutes. The wood fired pizza is a new addition to the menu and is offered as both lunch and dinner options on weekends.
Vegetarian - Eggplant, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, capsicum, spinach on a tomato base ($22)
Capricciosa - Smoked ham, ligurian olives, mushroom, artichokes, tomato base ($22)
Sfiziosa - Smoked ham, onion, mushroom, artichokes, Italian sausage, bianco base ($24)
Margherita - Buffalo mozzarella, basil, tomato base ($20)
Each pizza had a gorgeous simplicity with fresh, quality ingredients bursting with flavour in each bite.
Vegetarian Pizza - Eggplant, zucchini, cherry tomato, capsicum, spinach on a tomato base
Owner Domenico speaks highly of his in-house pastry chef Rocco, who is also a talented opera singer. We asked if he would be willing to come and put on a show for the true Italian experience to which he kindly obliged. Rocco was only too kind to come and show us his many talents, all of the restaurant customers applauded and cheered!
Finally onto our desserts, a selection of homemade pastries and other delights. A decadent mars bar cheesecake, variety of flavoured cannoli's and traditional tiramisu – a MUST try! All decadently plated, sweet and rich with flavour.
We couldn't resist ourselves and bought a box of assorted cannoli to share with our friends and tell them about what a great new restaurant we have found, we loved it and can't wait to return!