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Vizio Caffe e Cucina

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by Carole Liivrand (subscribe)
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Published July 25th 2020
Bringing a little bit of Italy to the heart of Sydney


Social Distancing has introduced a whole new way to socialise, yet the "Cadarra Girls" managed to share a fun-filled night at Vizio Caffé e Cuccina in the heart of William Street in Woolloomooloo.

The theme for the evening was to wear Cadarra, an Australia-designed multi-way outfit, and make your own cocktails whilst enjoying some traditional Italian Fare.

Vizio Caffé e Cuccina is the perfect venue for this, especially with a menu pre-arranged by Mary-Jane Cervera of Paper Phoenix Public Relations. All we had to do was go with the flow.

In typical Italian spirit, we were presented with a flute of Prosecco as we arrived at our table, which in fact, was a long, curved marble bar with high chairs and plenty of space between patrons.

It was here that barman coached us in the art of mixing cocktails.

Vizio makes it easy for the uninitiated. Ingredients are measured and poured into individual shot-glass-sized containers for each guest. There's ice, glasses and a cocktail shaker – well not quite. It was a screw-top jar pretending to be a cocktail shaker. Everything we needed was placed in front of each us. All we had to do was combine them according to the instructions. This was important, remembering the James Bond martini line: "shaken, not stirred." Our Martini was stirred, with special emphasis on twisting the lemon and rubbing it around the edge of the glass and dropping it into the already poured Martini, making sure no ice made it from the shaker to the glass.

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Ingredients for Cocktails - Photos by Paper Phoenix


Vizio Caffe e Cuccina, bar, cocktails, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Italian, local, Sydney, restaurant, events, Woolloomooloo, William Street, Pasta, Antipasti, Antipasto, Tiramisu, Girls night out
Cocktail Shaking - Photos by Paper Phoenix


As we sipped and chatted, the Bocconcini with Pesto appetizer arrived. Just enough to tantalise the palate and prepare us for our first cocktail – a Vodka Martini.

Vizio Caffe e Cuccina, bar, cocktails, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Italian, local, Sydney, restaurant, events, Woolloomooloo, William Street, Pasta, Antipasti, Antipasto, Tiramisu, Girls night out
Antipasto Platter - Photo by Paper Phoenix


Overflowing platters of luscious Antipasto followed. This was enough to satisfy even the hungriest of the group. It also ensured we had consumed some satisfying food before we moved on to the next cocktail, an Espresso Martini.

Vizio Caffe e Cuccina, bar, cocktails, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Italian, local, Sydney, restaurant, events, Woolloomooloo, William Street, Pasta, Antipasti, Antipasto, Tiramisu, Girls night out
Vodka Martini, Lara & Di in Cadarra - Photos by Paper Phoenix


Other patrons of Vizio Caffé e Cuccina approached us throughout the evening, trying to comprehend the concept that we were all wearing the same garment(s) in several different ways. Our evening of dining and cocktails soon transformed into a mini fashion show which was intermittently interrupted by the serving of Pasta, and later Tiramisu, and finished off with Limoncello.

Vizio Caffe e Cuccina, bar, cocktails, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Italian, local, Sydney, restaurant, events, Woolloomooloo, William Street, Pasta, Antipasti, Antipasto, Tiramisu, Girls night out
Cadarra worn 3 different ways - Photo by Paper Phoenix


Vizio Caffe e Cuccina, bar, cocktails, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Italian, local, Sydney, restaurant, events, Woolloomooloo, William Street, Pasta, Antipasti, Antipasto, Tiramisu, Girls night out
Vizio chefs with Claudine who is wearing Cadarra in Burnt Orange - Photo by Paper Phoenix


Vizio Caffé e Cuccina, although a perfect venue for our event, is very much like your traditional Italian local where people gather for a coffee, a meal or a bit of friendly banter: They like to say of their restaurant: "customers become family and our restaurant their home."

Vizio Caffé e Cuccina is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Monday to Friday, and Dinner on Saturdays, and offers both bar and table seating. The Breakfast menu is nicely divided into two sections: the things that you would find on a 'Western Menu' - eggs, salmon, wraps, and toast; or more traditional Italian Pasticceria choices such as bombolone and cannoli to name a few.

The Lunch and Dinner Menu is typically Italian with a choice Antipasti, followed by Primi, where they offer a choice of five pasta dishes. Secondi has four choices, one of which is a daily special, and Dolce has three, one of which is their wonderful Tiramisu.

Pasta Secondi - Photo by Paper Phoenix


I wouldn't dare explain their extensive cocktails or grappa menu, or the wine list, suffice to say that the bar is pretty amazing and that the staff are quick to explain and guide you.

Having thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to this establishment, I'm keen to return and totally understand why it's so popular.
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Why? A taste of Italy in the heart of Sydney
When: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - Mon-Fri, Dinner Saturday
Phone: (02) 9358 2231
Where: Shop 1/52-58 William St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
Cost: Breakfast & Lunch - reasonable; Dinner: 2 course $45, 3 Course $60. Degustation $75
Your Comment
Sounds like great fun Carole, even for a teetotaler like me, but I would have enjoyed the coffee. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 2|569) 7 days ago
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