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Osteria Balla Manfredi: Restaurant review

Osteria Balla Manfredi


The Star
80 Pyrmont St
Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW


Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm;
Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10pm


E $22-$27
M $39-$47
D $14


Like Mario Testino working with Kate Moss, a certain magic happens when Stefano Manfredi meets flour and water. Hand-rolled pasta, be it trad ravioli (bouncy with burrata and basil) or experimental maccheroncini (earthy from kamut flour and salty with ricotta salata), is consistently excellent, and comforting (eyes on you, veal ragù). Yamba prawns, smoky from the wood-fired grill, are sea-sweet, but undone by a ho-hum tomato, olive and oregano garnish. This kind of bottom-up cooking, with its tight focus on produce, relies on deft execution. It's evident in the pan-roasted duck breast, crisp of skin, with nothing more than nectarine purée and bitter amaranth leaves; it's there in the rocket and Parmigiano salad; and in the fluffy pandoro with white chocolate mousse. The Futurist wall art is as conceptual as it gets at Balla. Swift service, a customer-first attitude, an extensive wine list, and water glimpses round out Manfredi's magic act.  

(02) 9657 9129

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Stefano Manfredi & Gabriele Taddeucci

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.