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Ventuno 21

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published November 26th 2014
A number of years ago Leanne and I became a member of what we call "A group of 8". This group is made up of 4 couples who not only get on really good with each other we enjoy getting out and going to different restaurants and cafes. Over the years there has only been one main stipulation and that is we have to go somewhere that is over either the Captain Cook and Tom Ugly's Bridges as we all live in the Sutherland Shire. Not only have we been over the bridges and out of the shire, we have also been to Bowral, the Hunter Valley, Melbourne and even as far as Adelaide to try out different restaurants and cafes.

One of the restaurants that we have tried is the Ventuno 21, which is situated in the corner of Walsh Bay amongst Sydney's historical old town quarter which is surrounded by the Famous Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Ventuno 21 is a modern contemporary Italian eatery that offers antipasti, pizza, pasta, fine Italian wines and boutique Italian Beers.

You can enjoy a communal or private dining experience with the choice of al fresco dining or inside seating. When we were there it was during winter and we decided to sit outside near the water's edge. The midday sun and mushrooms heaters that were placed nearby kept us very warm.

Ventuno 21 is a place that you can bring the family, go for a business lunch, dine with a group of friends, hold a conference or go as a couple. They can even hold weddings there.

What I found was not only the food to die for, there was plenty of it, a great menu to choose from (change from winter to summer), the service was brilliant, the prices were very reasonable and there was a great atmosphere.

GETTING THERE

They are about a 10 minute stroll from the Sydney's CBD and only moments away from Circular Quay. As with most places that you go to in Sydney the parking was a fair walk, but this shouldn't deter you from going as you may fluke a nearby car parking spot as I did. There is secured parking stations nearby and directly out the front there is metered parking.

You can even get there by boat. All you need to do is contact reception on (02) 9247 4444 to reserve their private marina berth which is located at pier 6 7/1. This berth will accommodate boats of up to 18m long.

The general manager Anthony also informs me that they are also available for Weddings, Christmas Parties, Birthday Celebrations, Product Launches and Corporate Functions.

CHECK OUT THE MENU.

As with many restaurants and cafe the menu will change with the seasons. Our G8 dinned there during winter so if you go to the menu they currently have up it will differ to when we were there.

While there we shared the "Cicciona". This platter caters up to a max of 8 people and it comes with five different dishes. To make is easier for our table to share this food it was divided into two boards.
Maybe you know what the other 2 dishes were?

Even though there were five dishes on the board I can only remember the following three:

Layered roasted eggplant with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan cheese and basil, Veal and beef meat balls slow braised in tomato and the lightly floured and fried calamari.

The next time I go I am going to take a pen!

COOKING LESSONS

You can even go to one of their cooking classes and learn the art of making traditional Italian pizza at Cavallino & Ventuno Pizza School with resident Pizza Chefs Roberto Taffuri and Federico Rostagno at their our sister restaurant Cavallino 1-3 Yulong Avenue, Terrey Hills.

If you get the chance and you wanted to totally indulge yourself in terrific Italian food, beer and wine you should try out Ventuno 21.

OPENING HOURS AND CONTACTS

For further information regarding a private function please email the Restaurant Manager hello@ventuno.com.au or phone on (02) 9247 4444 from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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When: Monday - Sunday: 12noon - late (see website updated times)
Where: 21 Hickson Road Walsh Bay NSW 2000
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