Cavatelli with Sausage, Rapa, Chilli and Onion ($23)

FRATELLI FRESH

How do you improve upon an afternoon of spas, saunas, and massages? You follow it up with a big ol’ bowl of hearty, good quality pasta of course! And so that’s how I found myself at Fratelli Fresh after an indulgent afternoon at Onsen Ma, courtesy of Chris as a late Christmas present. Because as it turns out, an afternoon of relaxing is incredibly hard [...]
Reginetta Ricce al Ragu di Anatra ($32)

THIRTY EIGHT CHAIRS

There’s not much better than a good bowl of pasta, and these days I don’t even feel all that guilty having the occasional hefty bowl of butter-drenched carb-laden goodness. After all, there’s no harm in having the occasional indulgence, especially when I’ve been having a salad with quinoa and kale in it for lunch all week. And so it was in that spirit that I [...]
Siciliana ($18)

CANTINA CENTRALE

I have a new beau, and his (or her – it is the 21st century after all) name is Italian Food. I’ve always known about the merits of pasta and pizza, but I’ve never really given much thought to the cuisine in general. But really, the stuff is right up my alley – beautifully fresh ingredients cooked up simply but elegantly, aka the pinnacle of [...]
(5) Pizza

LIEVITA

Does anyone remember those Pizza Hut buffets there enjoyed a brief window of glory in the late 90s and early 00s? As a child, it seemed like there was nothing more glorious; pizza that never ran out? What is this magic?! Unfortunately, on the one occasion I went, ready to stuff my stomach with at least 7 kinds of pizza that my parents never bought, [...]
Friulano ($16)

BEER WINE AND CALZONE

... aaaaaand we’re back to your regularly scheduled blogging! As much as I enjoyed (and needed) that time away, I have to say I missed the huge variety of food that blogging affords me. And it wasn’t until this trip that I realised just how important it is to me to be able to have some good, simple Western food when I feel like it. [...]
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Parmesan ($22)

CITY WINE SHOP

Everyone knows The European, the quintessential, well, European restaurant and wine bar. Slightly well known is City Wine Shop right next door, set back into an alcove with nothing but a small sign proclaiming ‘bottle shop’ to give it away. But City Wine Shop is no slouch. With its food coming directly from the kitchen of The European, this little wine bar boasts a selection [...]