When the weather is cool, and you want comfort food, there is nothing better then a big bowl of pasta or pizza straight out of the oven. Being the end of the week, and a cold Friday night, we headed to dinner at Dulcis Domus at Broadway. Situated right across from the UTS Tower Building, and on the corner next to the new Central Park shopping centre, the restaurant is in the perfect location. It offers really good home style Italian food at a reasonable price, in a sea of otherwise Asian style eateries. Why is it that in the two years since leaving uni, so many better eating options have now opened? The restaurant is buzzing when we arrive, and we take a seat right near the open plan kitchen and watch the pizzaiolo prep and cook the pizzas, one after the other going in and out of the oven and onto the plate.
All the pizza watching has made us extremely hungry so we get to ordering. Starting off with the Bruschetta, the bread is made in-house in the oven and is wonderfully tasty and thickly cut so that it holds the toppings and oil without breaking apart in your hands. Topped with Ruby Red Tomatoes, Bocconcini, and Basil every mouthful is just too yum. If we hadn’t ordered so much already I would have gone for a second serve.
The best value on the menu is the Antipasto Platter with a selection of Cured Meats, Cheese, Pickled and Grilled Vegetables, Olives and Grissini. The whole plate is only $10…I was amazed! For the quality and quantity, it is a definite must order, especially to try the cheese with chilli, which is perfect!
The next starter to come out is from the specials menu. This is the Agnello Cacio e Uovo, which translates to Lamb cooked with Eggs, Lemon and Parmesan. Very similar in flavour to the Greek dish avgolemono, I absolutely loved it. When reading the ingredients, I can imagine a lot of people would be confused with the flavour combination. But trust me, they work exceptionally well together, and the heartiness of this dish is perfect on a winters eve.
Getting to the mains, we order a few to share with the Fettucine Tilly being my favourite. You can’t go past thick Fettucine pasta with Porcini Mushrooms, Sausage and Cream. Yes this dish is quite heavy and filling, but every mouthful is just perfect and when you are sharing it amongst a few people, it doesn’t fill you up too much. If I was only eating one thing for the night, then I would have had no problem polishing this all off, it was just too good!
Next out is the wood fire pizza, Carne and Compagnia. Not my normal choice of toppings (bit too much meat for my liking), this was like the Italian style meat lovers. We had Tomato, Mozzarella, Ham, Eggplant, Mushroom, Sausage and Spicy Salami. The base is thin and the edge crunchy, with the whole thing staying together well and not getting soggy whilst we ate.
The Orecchiette alla Pugliese is the last main to come out. The pasta is cooked al dente, with Broccoli, Sausage and Chilli. Without the cream base, this dish is a lot lighter then the Fettucine, but just as flavoursome. Not sure if you can tell in the photos, but the serving sizes are very generous, so if you come in hungry, you will definitely leave with a full belly.
Needing something fresh to accompany, we order the Caprese Salad, done with Tomato, Bocconcini, Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
….the perfect way to finish off any meal? With Nutella of course! This dessert was also on the specials menu and something I had never tried before. The Doughnut like things are made from fried pizza dough, that puffs up and goes crispy. They then top it with Nutella and serve it with a side of Vanilla Gelato. The perfect mixture of salty from the dough and sweet from the chocolate and vanilla.
The chefs! :)
16-18 Broadway, Sydney CBD
Ph: 04 5559 5559
Writing this post on a cold night with the rain pounding on my window is not helping my pasta craving….I want a bowl of Fettucine Tilly right now!