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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 15 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 16, 2008 39 DINING Alive www.innerwestweekly.com.au You'll never want to be rescued from Grappa NAME: Grappa Ristorante E Bar WHERE: Shop 1/267-277 Norton St, Leichhardt. Phone 9560 6090 OPEN: Lunch Tuesday to Friday and Sunday noon-3pm; dinner Monday to Thursday 6pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm and Sunday 6pm-9.30pm PROFILE: Marie Sansom Charlie Colosi, owner of Grappa Ristorante in Leichhardt. Picture: Danny Aarons ~PP180309 The decor at Grappa invites a long lunch. IF you want to impress a date, take your parents to lunch or just treat yourself then Grappa is the place to do it. With its simple, elegant decor of cream walls, wooden floors and floor-to-ceiling windows you can settle in for a good feed in comfort. The shiny bar and pizza oven anchor the place as the attentive staff buzz about. Now, I really do love Italian food. If I had to survive on a desert island on the cuisine of only one country (an unlikely scenario, I admit) I would choose Italian every time. It has all those exciting ingredients and carbohydrate options so useful for survival. While we scan the menu, we eat good bread anointed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Warm Ligurian and Sicilian green olives and homemade grissini follow. The grissini is twisted, addictive and coated in sea salt and spice. For entree we share the Moreton Bay bug salad ($26). The tantalisingly sweet bug meat is interspersed with the brightest, most delicate broad beans, fennel and asparagus with a green olive and pine nut dressing. Fennel can be an insistent little vegetable so I'm relieved that it's sliced finely and provides the balance the dish needs. It's an impressive entree and I can't wait for my main. When it comes it looks as good as I'd hoped. Coils of spaghettini hide sinfully good chunks of West Australian crab and cherry tomatoes ($28.50/$34.50). Garlic, chilli and chicory lift the flavours and pane profumato (breadcrumbs and herbs fried in olive oil) deliver me what is definitely one of my favourite pastas of all time. My dining companion has the pizza bianca (with a tomato sauceless base) with prawns, spinach, cherry tomatoes, garlic and chilli ($25). Thank heavens it's thin and the toppings sparing just as proper pizza should be. We're too full for pudding so opt for a smooth shot of limoncello to finish. If Grappa was on that desert island I wouldn't bother waving at the rescue plane. 2108752i iww wk16 9743 2225 LUNCH: DINNER: Lunch - Mon-Fri Dinner - Mon-Sat Sunday Functions Welcome Set menus Drink packages Fully licenced Ample parking Traditional Italian Cuisine with a 1 George St, North Strathfield 9746 8746 www.ilcuore.com.au BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS FUNCTIONS NOW 2282929k wk16
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