La Pesa Trattoria is located just behind Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. It's further down Liverpool Street, the quieter end which blocks out all the hustle and bustle of the city which was a tick in my books. It's a cute little corner restaurant with a simple interior and nice intimate aura. I love places like this because it really feels like you can sit back and relax and eat good food and drink good wine with good company, all cosy and warm =).
We ordered quite quickly because we were quite hungry and from what I can remember service was friendly and prompt. I remember having trouble deciding what to get since their were a few dishes that caught, but we all ended up getting different dishes so we could sample.
|Veloute of some sort (can't remember) and bread (sadly sans olive oil, they forgot)|
|L'Affettato Tipico della Pesa con Milanese Antipasto - Fennel & Truffle Salami, Mortadella, Prosciutto Crudo with Marinated Ligurian & Sicilian Olives|
|Gnocco Fritto - North Italian Fried Bread|
|Patate Arrostite con Aglio e Sale - Oven Roasted Potatoes with Garlic & Sea Salt|
|I Nostri Tagliolini con Ragu di Coniglio - Hand Made Tagliolini Pasta with Wild Rabbit Ragu|
|Il Risotto con Radicchio e Porchetta - Radicchio & homemade Crispy Pork Belly Risotto|
|L'Ossobuco in Gremolata con Risotto Giallo alla Milanese - Oven baked Veal Ossobuco with creamy Saffron Milanese Risotto|
I ordered the Ossobuco upon strong recommendation from the birthday girl, and I was not disappointed! Although I couldn't finish it, it tasted really nice. I especially liked the saffron risotto, however the best part was DEFINITELY the HUGE chunk of bone marrow in the bone.....omg so good!!
|Rigatoni con Ragu di Carne - Air dried Tube Pasta with Home Made Trio Meat Ragu|
By the time dessert rolled around we were quite full, so we got a few things to share. My fav was the Flaming Alaskan Bombe-Thingy! It's not on the menu from what I can see on the website, hence the made up childish name, but this was my fav dessert simply because we could set it on fire hahaha!
|WOOOP there it goes!!|
|Il Nostro Classico Tiramisu - Homemade Classic Tiramisu|
|Gelato della Pesa - Italian Cream Gelato with Chocolate Sauce & topped with Homemade Caramelised Nut Croccante (On top of a chocolate tart =P)|
|I Nostri Profiteroles - Homemade Chocolate Coated Profiteroles filled with Cream Patisserie|
|Sorbetto Misto - Mixed Italian Sorbet - |
Strawberry, Lemon & Peach
Overall a great relaxed birthday dinner =). Maybe not the best Italian restaurant, but still quite good. I'd definitely revisit because of the great menu and the fact it's small and not crowded, a great place just far enough from the craziness of the centre of the city.
La Pesa Trattoria
172-174 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9331 4358