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Pilu at Freshwater
Italian
  • End of Moore Rd,
    Freshwater,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9938 3331 ,
    www.piluatfreshwater.com.au
  • Lunch Tue-Sun noon-2.30pm

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

Pilu at Freshwater
-33.780214,151.287717

The menu and wine list at this dining landmark are rich in Sardinian terms opaque to even fellow Italians, yet the waiters make it all as clear as the blue skies above the beach beyond the windows, and at least as appealing. You can still set your watch by the house signatures: suckling pig, served for two on a splendid cork tray, is milky tender meat under a crackling golden skin, the benchmark example in Australia. Tagliolini is laden with a sweet-on-sweet combination of baby leeks and spanner crab, while perfectly giving baby calamari shine against a backdrop of sheep's milk ricotta cream accented with dried squid ink. Sheep's milk also makes a strong case for dessert, in the form of a racily jiggly yoghurt panna cotta with a mandarin consommé. Service strikes the right balance between warmth and professionalism, not least when it comes to getting the best out of the superb all-Italian wine list, a volume packed with regional gems.

 


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • E $28-$29

    M $45-$50

    D $18

    Sat dinner/Sun lunch set menu, 3 courses $89

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Giovanni Pilu

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