LA ROSA RO­MAN GRILL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - DELICIOUS.100 -

LEVEL 2, THE STRAND AR­CADE,

193 PITT ST, SYD­NEY; 9223 1674 LAROSATHESTRAND.COM.AU

It’s al­ways been a great ca­sual Ital­ian eatery and wine bar, but The Strand Ar­cade’s La Rosa has un­der­gone a Ro­man ren­o­va­tion be­fit­ting a new em­pire.Af­ter six years as a pizza, pasta and wine bar, restau­ra­teur Nino Zoc­cali (The Restau­rant Pendolino) ac­quired the tal­ents of his chefs and took a trip to Rome and the greater Lazio re­gion.

In­spired, they re­turned and in­stalled a vol­canic rock Ro­man grill and ro­tis­serie on which they cel­e­brate Aus­tralia’s hero pro­teins, along­side pas­tas to wow – per­haps el­e­gant ravi­oli filled with ri­cotta and pecorino.

Sit in the dimly lit din­ing room at white-clothed ta­bles and em­brace some old-school,of­ten-for­got­ten sil­ver ser­vice. Pro­fes­sional,with­out the pomp.By look­ing into the past,La Rosa Ro­man Grill looks set for quite a fan­tas­tic fu­ture.

■Must-eat dish

Spit-roasted Golden

■Cui­sine ■Chefs

Plains porchetta Ital­ian Nino Zoc­cali & Pablo Torde­sil­las Gar­cia

■Price ■Book­ings

$$$$ Yes

■Open

Lunch & din­ner Mon-Sat

■In­sta­gram

@larosathes­tran­dar­cade

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