Cecil Hills isn't a place that instantly springs to mind as somewhere to go to eat sensational Italian food. Norton Street it isn't. Cecil Hills is a fairly new suburb and is home to some quite extraordinarily sized mega mansions (think southern America plantation houses). The new estate surrounds the old 1820s Cecil Hills Homestead and farm that the suburb is named after.
There are currently only two restaurants at Cecil Hills, three if you include the fish and chip shop. So on discovering the Zampelle Italian Kitchen by the lake, we thought we would check it out for a Sunday lunch.
Externally, Zampelle struggles to look classy in a small suburban shopping centre car park. Things improve inside however, the decor is busy and very Italian themed. There are a fair amount of diners today all unknowingly helping to create a vibrant atmosphere.
Dining at Zampelle turns out to be a roller coaster ride of emotions. I'm initially on a downer when I find out that the lunch menu is limited to only a few dishes on one page plus a pizza menu. The pasta menu is not available. What Italian restaurant doesn't have pasta on the menu I ask? But wait; there is one pasta dish available for lunch. Spaghetti Aglio; pasta with prawns and rocket. Things are on the way up. There are only a few wines available and I order a bottle of what I call "Italy in a bottle"; Lambrusco. "I'm sorry we've run out of Lambrusco". My brain goes down a big dip that I didn't see coming. Mmmm, what Italian restaurant doesn't have…ah forget it, lucky for us, there is a BWS next door.
Thankfully, everything is on the up from there. We don't wait long for the dishes to arrive and they all arrive at once. The Spaghetti Aglio is a classic simple pasta dishes. The quality pasta, prawns and olive oil and garlic with wilted rockets are sublime. There are no complaints from the other diners, only compliments. Even fussy eater Chris the Kid devours every slice of his crusty cheese pizza. We're all now confident of the chefs ability so we all order dessert and coffee. The Bailey's Irish Cream Tiramisu and various Gelato flavours are ordered and devoured pretty smartly.
Do they never have a pasta menu, or was it just bad luck on the day? You can accept if maybe they have run out of one dish, but several things from the menu is not good. Glad everything you did order was nice though.
Hi, thank you for your review, unfortunately the time you came in we where trialing a brunch option on Sundays, we have decided to stop that because we found that our customers wanted pasta for lunch.
Thank you again for your review hope to see you again.