At Vini, you are sure to have a quintessential Italian dining experience. The wait staff are friendly and know their Italian food and food ettiquette, while Italian restaurateur Giorgio manages 121BC wine-cellar a few doors up supplies over 250 fine and exotic Italian wines (from Prosecco to Bunello) for your dining experience. Also you can choose from the extensive wine list at the restaurant showcasing Italy's finest.
Ranging from $50 to over $100 per person, the bill is dependant on how hungry you are or how much Italian dining you would like to experience. Typical Italian dining out requires a very empty stomach for aperitivo, entrée, first, second, salad and sides, dessert and digestivo. A slimmer repertoire of main and dessert or entrée and main will cost about half as less.
A higher price range is intensely justified by the top quality goods: San Daniele di Parma Prosciutto, Brunello di Montalcino red wine, Parmiagianno Reggiano, from Italia (none of the creamy stuff served up locally), and traditional homemade pasta. You would be forgiven for blowing out your budget trying every plate on the menu.
The winning goal for Vini is that their menu is updated daily. Depending on which ingredients are available seasonally and which are fresh, Vini selects the finest of these ingredients to incorporate into their dishes. This is exemplified by their Tuesday night dinner; for a smooth $50 you can dine at Vini tasting their regional menu. Each week the theme of the menu is based around a region of Italy. For example (see upcoming weeks below), Lombardy or Tuscany. Each region in Italy has very specific traditional dishes for all parts of a menu.
Vini constructs cohesive menus based on regional and seasonal design. The traditional Vini flavours are complimented by cutting-edge fusion and presentation. Popular antipasti dishes at Vini are the melanzane parmigiana, the anchovy tortiera, panzerotti or try a fresh rocket, pear and parmeson salad.
First plates, 'primi' are often fresh pasta dishes such as the pene ragu napoletana, or one of the many rotoli; for example try the roast duck rotolo with mushroom, leek and sage.
Dessert menus often include a panacotta. The wine list is a typically extensive list of Italian wines and Vini import most of their wines independently.
Located in trendy Surry Hills, you'll find Vini just minutes from Central Station. Street parking is also available. The restaurant is ambient with its rich Italian-style décor that is surprisingly clean-cut. You're left with an impressionable and serene dining experience considered the restaurant is constantly bustling. Vini is hidden away in Devonshire Street (3/118) just off the raucous normal of Saturday Surry Hills streets. 121BC Cantina is open for trading soon, it is located only a few doors up from Vini.
For a romantic dinner, the ambience combined with sensually delectable Italian tastes make for the perfect night out. Alternatively, Vini is a bustling high-end alternative for a boozy dinner with friends; forego all the antipasti for a filling pasta meal and spend the rest on the uniquely imported Italian wines! Buon appetito!