The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - 100 DELICIOUS -

Moore Rd, Freshwater, 9938 3331, pilu. com. au Here at Pilu, in a her­itage-listed beach house at the top of the hill at Freshwater, laid­back Aussie beach vibes meet fine din­ing, with a view to match.

The res­tau­rant is bright and airy, with soft-grey fur­nish­ings, tim­ber floor­boards and arched win­dows. When it comes to the food, for­get what you think you know about Ital­ian cui­sine. The so­phis­ti­cated menu is in­spired by owner Gio­vanni Pilu’s Sar­dinian her­itage and the ex­ten­sive 31-page award-win­ning wine list is not just for show.

High- qual­ity pro­duce makes the lamb tartare with blue cheese and blue­ber­ries a me­morable starter.

Mal­lored­dus – a Sar­dinian-style gnoc­chi in a veni­son ragu – is a pasta lover’s dream. Then there’s the sig­na­ture free-range suck­ling pig, ten­der and juicy, with to- diefor crack­ling. And even a sim­ple rice pud­ding be­comes mod­ern art with moscato-poached rock­melon and black pep­per ge­lato.

Chefs Gio­vanni Pilu & Fed­erico Porceddu Price $$$$ Open Lunch Tue-Sun; din­ner Tue-Sat

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