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Published November 10th 2013
Delicious Italian food in friendly surrounds - bon appetit
While certain areas of Sydney are famous for their Italian eateries, you don't have to go to Norton Street or one of the city's other dining hotspots to find a good Italian restaurant. Victoria Road in Gladesville may not be the most picturesque of surrounds, but it is home to Voro Ristorante Italiano, a lovely restaurant that dishes up a mixture of modern and traditional Italian dishes.
Voro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and while Voro's big breakfast ($17) sounds delicious, this review will focus mainly on the dinner menu. The list of entrees is pretty extensive, featuring everything from pork belly bites ($18) to grilled haloumi ($16). The crispy skin calamari ($18) and the sauteed mussels in tomato, garlic and chilli ($16) are my two picks.
Moving on to mains, pasta lovers can tuck into Spaghetti Voro, featuring spaghetti, prawns, baby clams and mushrooms in a rose sauce ($25). The house-made ravioli filled with braised beef cheeks ($24) is worth sampling, or you can check to see what the risotto of the day is.
There are chicken, beef, pork and seafood options on the menu as well, but the vitello maronti ($32) - pan-seared veal fillet with sautéed prawns, white wine, oregano and tomato sugo - is definitely worth sampling.
Voro also has a wood-fired pizza oven and provides ten different toppings to choose from. Diavola ($20) with tomato, buffalo mozzarella, hot salami, basil and olves, is a real winner, while the seafood marinara pizza ($25) certainly packs plenty of flavour. My personal favourite was the roasted capsicum pizza ($21), featuring buffalo mozzarella, chorizo, mushrooms, garlic and optional chilli.
There's a decent wine list on offer, and if you fancy a pre-dinner drink or two then the Bayview Tavern is handily located just across the road.