PILU AT FRESHWATER
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