Authentic Italian flavours with a fun, modern twist.
Matteo Galletto and Michele Rispoli (ex Lucio’s, Paddington) along with head chef Bryan Gerlini (ex A Tavola) bring Capriccio Osteria Bar, this casual and modern Italian venue to life in the thriving and Italian-at-heart suburb of Leichhardt.
Capriccio, loosely translated to ‘whimsical’ or ‘fantastical’ has recently been refurbished and is quite funky whilst still retaining old Italian charm.
To begin, we started with a Cotechino slider (pork sausage, lentil bun, pickles and mayo), a Cannolo alla mortadella ( balsamic cannolo, mortadella pate, pistachios) and a Piadina romagnola (flat bread, stracchino, rocket, prosciutto). The Cotechino slider was our favourite with its extremely tender and well seasoned meat encased in the deliciously soft and interesting lentil bun.
Prosciutto served with rockmelon and honeydew. As simple as you like and showcasing the quality of the San Daniele Prosciutto. This fresh and vibrant dish, was refreshing, whilst the meat was deliciously rich in flavour. The perfect combo. Highly recommended.
Grilled Portobello Mushroom served with fresh mozzarella, fried capers and freeze dried basil. A special of the week dish. The mushroom was quite hearty with a nice juicy bounce to it. The flavours from the condiments really brought out the earthy richness of the portobello.
Passatelli Vongole ( soft noodles, pipis, fresh tomatoes)
The pasta, made on site, is made from a simple mixture of breadcrumbs, parmesan and egg. Its quite chewy and unusual, but actually pairs well with the plump meaty pipis. A nice element of spice comes from the simple and aromatic herbs this is flavoured with.
Spaghetti alla Bottarga (aglio olio, cured mullet roe)
Our favourite dish of the day. Extremely impressed by the flavours of the bottarga. The pungent ocean flavour of this european delicacy is an aquired taste but those who know it, love it. Simple yet again, but
sometimes most of the time its what makes a dish successful. Absolutely delicious.
Anatra all’arancia- Grilled duck breast, served with confit duck leg on radicchio and a orange marmalade
Yet again another fantastic dish. We loved the euro-fusion san choi bao concept with the duck leg. The meat was extremely moreish and tender, rounded out by the sweetness of the marmalade
Capriccio Osteria Bar
159 Norton Street,
Leichhardt, NSW 2040
Contributed by Jason, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys