Fratelli Fresh, located on Bridge Street in the Sydney CBD offers so many options for the common food goer. Fratelli Fresh has a little area where you are able to purchase beautiful produce ranging from olive oil, cheese and herbs. The evidently popular Cafe Sopra and Santa Vittoria Apperitivo Bar convenient for those waiting in line to dine. Also with a few private dining areas, Fratelli Fresh provides alot of depth in terms of food and beverage. With three stores situated in Potts Point, Wynyard and Alexandria, Fratelli Fresh shows success and a good following. We dined at Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street and was a spontaneous visit to the Italian restaurant. The interior of this restaurant is great, there is an open kitchen situated close to the entrance as you walk in. Which is nice as you get to see the chefs doing what they do best as you wait in line – the wait could be long depending on the timing of your visit, though Fratelli cleverly provides seating areas and beverages to order whilst you soak in the buzzing atmosphere. Look around and you’ll see open kitchens that gives the restaurant such a lift. What’s nice about the open kitchen, bar and dessert bar is that they have tables along them for you to sit and chat with the chefs and bartenders. This was our Fratelli Fresh “esperienza!”
Tagliatelle with Meatballs and Fresh Tomato Sauce
Jessica: I had high hopes from this dish.. the good thing about this dish was that the pasta was cooked well. But the major let down were the meatballs. They were cooked okay, but there was something missing with the flavour wasn’t there. It needed a salty element in it, like more cheese or maybe just some salt. Also, the meatballs were very large which made it a little harder to eat, if they were bite-size pieces then I would have enjoyed it more. I usually prefer the white creamy based pastas over the tomato based pastas so next time we go I will definitely try a different pasta.
Jimmy: This was the first time I had tagliatelle and wow, the quality was beautiful. Similar to fettucine the silky ribbons of the tagliatelle for me were very overpowered by the size and lack of flavour of the meatballs. The meal was decent and is ideal for sharing with a few other dishes.
Ham, Salami, Spicy Chorizo, Tomato & Buffalo Pizza
Jessica: It is not amazing, but it is definitely not a disappointment! The spicy chorizo added a kick to the pizza that was needed, without it the pizza would have just been average. I was expecting a thicker dough to the pizza but to my surprise it was pretty thin. Which is a good thing because you get to taste all the flavours on the pizza better! I thoroughly enjoyed this, and I cannot wait to try their other pizzas.
Jimmy: Who doesn’t love a pizza cooked straight out of a traditional wood-fire oven! The flavours were all in the meat. For those that cannot handle spicy food, don’t be put off by the “spicy chorizo” as this was not overly spicy but enough to give a little punch to the overall pizza. The slices are large and had no complaints, worth $22 in my opinion.
Orange & Almond Cake with Caramelised Oranges
Jessica: This dessert was better than expected. The cake was moist and didn’t crumble on me at all. The caramelised oranges were nice and sweet! The weird thing about the cake was that the top layer tasted really bitter.. the caramel sauce and the sweet whipped cream was essential to tone it down.
Vanilla & Yogurt Pannacotta, Champagne Jelly, poached peach & gingerbread biscotti
Jimmy: Fratelli Fresh offers a mouthwatering and hard to choose dessert/dolce menu. What drew me to choosing this dish was champagne jelly and how it would go with the pannacotta and poached peach. For me, this would be excellent if the pannacotta was halved in portion. I know it may seem crazy, though the flavour in combination was great whilst the champagne jelly, poached peach and biscotti lasted. The pannacotta on it’s own was not bad, I guess my taste buds needed something with it. The champagne jelly was nice as well as the poached peaches!
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and we would go back again for a second round, but with different dishes of course! If you are looking for the Wynyard restaurant, it is on Bridge St and is across the street from the Exchange Centre (next to Rockpool Bar and Grill). Google map tells you that it is next to the Exchange Centre but it is wrong! It took us quite a while to realize Google maps was wrong and it was in fact across the street. A great restaurant with friends or family, the atmosphere and service was upbeat and would recommend to those wanting to dine at an Italian restaurant.
Tagliatelle with Meatballs and Fresh Tomato Sauce: $22
Ham, Salami, Spicy Chorizo, Tomato & Buffalo Pizza: $22
Orange & Almond Cake with Caramelised Oranges: $14.5
Vanilla & Yogurt Pannacotta, Champagne Jelly, poached peach & gingerbread biscotti: $14.5