Besser
Italian
  • Shop 3, 355 Crown St,
    Surry Hills,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9331 1611,
    besseritalian.com.au/
  • Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10pm

Besser
-33.883655,151.214081

The namesake humble concrete brick favoured by Italian-Australians building their suburban dreams in the '70s is a trigger for long lost memories at this friendly eatery: of backyard gatherings, family meals, the comfort of home. They're good memories, and the sense of fun is evident in a floor painted lawn-green, the retro plastic chairs, and in a simple menu of share dishes served on enamel plates. A crew of flat-capped, waistcoated waiters keeps the party humming and the wine flowing - the functional list includes eight on tap. The spirit of an archetypal nonna is evoked in rich, moreish meatballs, a simple, well-made ragù with tagliatelle, and an unpretty but satisfying dish of wet polenta marbled with radicchio and Gorgonzola. Arrive early for a batch of 6.30pm risotto, served at seven.  Stay late for dessert, likely to be a highlight of the menu: a homely plum and polenta cake, say, or an un-nonna-like chilli chocolate fondant.  


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $12-$21

    M $24-$36

    D $10-14

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Sandro Di Marino & Mark Zavone

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