When you think of Italian food, you think big meals, hearty flavours and lots of cheese. Il Posto is no exception, covering all the bases when it comes to delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. Meaning ‘the place,’ Il Posto is certainly the spot for lunches and dinners with good company. While the food reflects meals you’d find in Rome or Positano, the venue itself is quite modern. Tucked into a dining precinct in Paddington, Il Posto offers intimate indoor dining, as well as an open air alfresco space.

Our evening started with what every good meal should begin with, bread. Who would have thought crispy bread dipped in olive oil could be so delicious? It was the perfect start to our night, and a thoughtful touch to the already impressive service. The first dish we ordered was the antipasto board, because who doesn’t love a spread of juicy cured meats. A mixture of crisp and bitey parmesan pieces, prosciutto san daniele, capocollo, mortadella, spicy cacciatore, pancetta, marinated mixed olives and artichokes alla romana, it was a delightful mixture of flavours that was the perfect dish to satisfy hunger cravings before mains arrived.

 

For mains we had to try a pizza and a pasta, because who really orders just one dish when they go to an Italian restaurant. The pizza we tried was the classic Margherita, which more than exceeded our expectations. With a rich, tomato base, dollops of melted bocconcini, a crispy crust and a sprinkle of basil, it was everything our pizza dreams are made of. For pasta, we stepped outside of our comfort zone a little, ordering spaghetti ai gamberi. A scrumptiously salty dish infused with garlic and hits of chilli, the dish combined black squid ink spaghetti with juicy tiger prawns and blistered cherry tomatoes, topped with anchovy-infused toasted breadcrumbs.

 

While we were far too full to sample something from the dessert menu, we hear the pannacotta and tiramisu di casa are absolute crowd pleasers. If you ever find yourself craving a little slice of Italy but can’t afford the plane ticket, stop in at Il Posto, the place to be.

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