Have you met Pieno? Whilst it’s been around for a while, it recently became the newest addition to the dinner and nightlife scene in the heart of Surry Hills. For those of you that don’t know, Pieno is located on the bustling Crown Street and is renowned for its quality breakfasts and lunches.
Pieno, which means “full” in Italian was initially envisaged as an espresso and panini bar. Whilst their panini’s and salads still remain a staple dish on their menu, they have now matured and grown into a much more wiser (alcoholic) café. They have extended their trading hours to Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights serving light café style dinners, with of course alcohol.
This Italian style café is warm and cosy with a sleek and modern interior, fit out with funky wall hangings, unique lighting pieces and red and black theme colours.
Negroni – Tanqueray, Campari, Cinzano Rosso ($14)
With a fully licensed bar why not stop by for a casual wine or cocktail? (or three)
Share Plate (for two) – Antipasto with a selection of salumi, cheese, marinated olives & vegetables ($32)
All meals should start with cheese. A generous portion of sharp and bitey gorgonzola, feta and roasted veggie salad, spicy salami and marinated olives are beautifully displayed on a large wooden chopping board. Demolished quite quickly we might add…
Chili prawn linguini with garlic, parsley and roasted tomatoes ($19)
A great pasta dish that’s light and fresh. The plump and juicy prawns are coated in a delicious herby sauce of parsley and garlic with just a hint of chilli for that sneaky kick. Perfect for a laid back summer dinner.
Veal Osso Bucco with conchiglie & gremolata ($20)
A little heartier than the linguini, the veal meat is soft and tender. Instantly falling off the bone and immediately into my waiting mouth. The veal is smothered in a rich tomato base and sits on top of a bed of pasta which turns this dish into a “DIY ragu”. Don’t forget to suck that tasty marrow right out of the bone.
Rhubarb and apple crumble ($15)
This was divine! Crunchy oats and biscuit pieces blanket a bed of sharp but sweet stewed rhubarb and apples. Scoff it down with the creamy vanilla bean ice cream. An excellent dessert to share over a hot coffee.
Plenty of outdoor seating is available. A great atmosphere, especially for the up and coming warmer months.
Pieno provides a casual, laidback space to ring in the weekend, have a spot of dinner and relax with friends and colleagues over a bottle of wine.
11/285A Crown Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest