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Published April 15th 2015
Travel to Italy and back over a long lunch
As part of the Doltone House Group, Signorelli Gastronomia has been providing diners with exquisite dishes and impressive wines for over 5 years. Finding it for the first time recently, in the unassuming building of Google, is akin to discovering an unclaimed lotto ticket: surprise, excitement, and uncertainty all in one breath.
Various Italian imported goods are seen upon entry, and they are not the only distraction. Men, who look like they can cook with their eyes closed, glide about in the semi-open kitchen. More delectable morsels are found over the main counter, ready to entice us, and we hadn't even sat down to study the menu! There was a beautiful wooden table inside a room dressed in red bottles, and our inner antennas steered us in the right direction: the "Red Wine Room", available for 6 people, as a more intimate dining option.
Feeling like a kid in a candy store, our pupils exaggerated in their dilation and half-ignored the "White Wine Room", where we saw another chilled space for cheeses, in all their shapes and glory. The long lunch would now turn into a never-ending lunch, and no one was complaining. We were here for the infamous porchetta banquet. After weeks of worrying that we had invited too many people, a long table had been set for 16 adults and 4 children. Would there be enough pork crackling for all?
La porchetta being expertly carved by Nico, the multi-talented manager
Cured meats, potatoes, salads, breads…and this was before the porchetta arrived. Then there were the cheeses, begging us to devour them. And who can say no to desserts? Especially with Vincent Gadan as their executive pastry chef, a Frenchman who must have Italian genes because his charisma blends so well here! There was so much food that take-home packs were at the ready to see us out. We are mostly Asians, but at Signorelli Gastronomia, we were a big Italian family, having an extended, multi-coursed and jovial lunch on a Sunday.
Vincent Gadan's Valentine special "Desiderio D'amore", the strawberries in the mousse are so wild you can smell the earth!
The décor may not provide an authentic Italian affair, but it was quickly forgotten when the food and the atmosphere raise the body temperature with spunk. Attractive Italian floor staff, of course, add just that extra bit of spice into the mix, led by Nico of All Trades.
Signorelli Gastronomia is the concentrated Italian experience anyone can wish for, without having to leave Sydney. It is the heart of the block, taking in the famished, and pumping them out with big smiles and even bigger bellies, just how nonna likes it!
Signorelli Gastronomia runs regular cooking and dessert classes. For more information, click here.