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Published February 6th 2017
Authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of the North Shore
For me, Italian food is always a go-to option for a well-deserved catchup with family or friends. Even though I usually would still walk out of it and think: "Nothing is the same as Italian food in Italy," I'm sometimes lucky enough to stumble across one that just as good as Italy's. As Chatswood is becoming one of the biggest cultural hubs in Sydney, the competition for the best quality food is more and more evident. Terrazza Restaurant in Chatswood is an example of a place with exceptional food, and an excellent location that overlooks The Concourse. It's a place I've heard about for months, and I can see why- it was better than some of the restaurants in Italy.
On the warm summer night, my friend and I took ages before we eventually ordered our food. It wasn't just because everything on the menu reminded me of all my gastronomic experiences in Italy, but also because we could just sit here and watch the world go by. Dining alfresco style, just like how the Italians would like it.
My friend went with a Pollo pizza from the red-based pizza menu- Chicken fillet, black olives, capsicum & mozzarella ($25.90). I think it's worth mentioning that all pizzas here at Terrazza are made from a wood-fire oven, so we were guaranteed some fresh and homely pizzas. I had a slice of this pizza, and I loved it. All the ingredients were fresh, they complemented each other, and were of generous amounts. My friend devoured this pizza in within five minutes.
I had what I always had when I was in Italy, which was a Quattro Formaggi from the white-based pizza menu- Four cheese pizza consisting of gorgonzola, mozzarella, parmigiano & ricotta ($25.90). Each of these cheeses were fresh and could be easily distinguished. Having always been an avid cheese-lover, it wasn't hard for me to love the blend of the four cheeses. What made this dish so special was the fact that the crust was exactly how I liked it- crusty but a little bit burned. I don't normally eat the pizza crust, as it is usually too doughy and lacked flavour, but it definitely says something about the pizza if I obliterated all of this pizza. It was a very memorable food experience, and brought me back to my time in Italy.
For dessert, we shared something from the 'Specials Menu'- a Bomba Nutella. It was a fried dessert pizza with cinnamon sugar, drizzled with nutella and served with vanilla gelato ($17). When it first came out, we were gobsmacked by the attention paid to the little details of this dessert. Not only did it look aesthetically pleasing, but what originally was fascination for me turned out to be pure indulgence. The pizza had just the right amount of dough consistency, which balanced perfectly with the sweetness of the Nutella and the gelato. Needless to say, we licked our plates clean. This was the highlight of our meal.
For some excellent service (our waitress consistently made sure we were happy, and even the guy at the counter was super friendly too), exceptional location (a 5 minute walk from the train station) and some authentic Italian food (remember I said it's better than Italy's?), I would definitely start recommending Terrazza Restaurant in the heart of the North Shore.