Pitt St, Sydney – renowned for it’s smorgasbord of shopping, a bountiful of busking talent and the creative efforts of one of the world’s most renowned chefs, Jamie Oliver whose vision comes to life in the form of Jamie’s Italian.Ever since I moved to Sydney I wanted to go and it didn’t disappoint! You can’t make a booking so be sure to head to the front desk as soon as you arrive so you can out your name down. Then there’s the option to sit at the bar till a table is ready or venture to one of the other establishments close by for a trickle as you wait for a friendly staff member to call you when you are able to be seated. It took an hour for a table to become available (this was a Monday night) but being able to leave your mobile number and come back when you receive a call is going above and beyond and just one reason why people keep coming back.
The atmosphere is infectious, bustling and vibrant and the staff are accommodating, well versed on all things food and wine and even on Jamie himself! He really is his own brand… We started with the shared cured meat board and with a small tasting of prosciutto, wagyu bresaola, finocchio and capocollo, it was the perfect start to tantalise the taste buds and prepare us for the main course. I opted for a prosciutto risotto ( a special of the night) and my companion went straight in for the spaghetti vongole – a concoction of steamed sweet cockles, garlic, chilli, white wine, parsley, butter and lemon (ok you drooling yet!) which was heavenly! Finally, to tie a pretty little bow around the delightful dinner that was and will certainly be had again, dessert was served in the form of the JI warm brownie with chocolate, raspberry, amaretto and vanilla ice cream, #yum! And yes there was a definite spoon war over that bad boy!
Jamie’s Italian is a delight and certainly won’t break the budget for an indulgent night out. Smart/casual attire with a hint of red was my choice of outfit as I embarked on an Italian affair with Jamie!