On a sunny Sunday a few weeks back, we made am impromptu visit to Popolo in Rushcutters Bay. Having heard many good things, we were both in the mood for a beautiful Italian inspired lunch (in other words we wanted pasta!). I don’t know if it is just luck, but so far our winter has been extremely mild. We took a seat outside in the sun and after 10 minutes I was stripping off my layers. Left to just my short sleeved top, I have definitely missed the feel of sun on my skin. Pretending as if we were enjoying a European summer (Yes,…I’m talking about the jealousy I have for those people posting photos of the Greek Islands, Amalfi Coast, & French Riviera on Facebook every 5 minutes), we begun with glasses of Aperol Spritz, something light, crisp, and refreshing for our winter sun.
We ponder the menu, place our order and just like in Italy, our table is blessed with a Bread Basket, Olive Oil and Sea Salt. We are offered two types, a crunchy one with soft chewy insides and the focaccia with its herby top.
To share, we start off with the Porceddu, a mixture of Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Orange Segments, Radicchio and young Sardinian Pecorino. The dish is a mixture of flavoursome pork shaved thinly, with the crunchiness of the radicchio for texture, pecorino for saltiness and orange to add sweetness and acidity. A nice and refreshing balance.
Pasta was on our mind, with both of us ordering a different variation from the menu. Lucky for me we swapped half way through so I got to eat a bit of both. This was the Fregola, which is the name of the pebble shaped pasta with a Octopus Ragu and crumbled Bread and Pistachio mixture on top.
My choice was the Scialatielli, and what a fantastic choice it was. The Short Ribbon Pasta is accompanied with Basil from the Amalfi Coast, Pecorino and a Neapolitan style Veal & Pork Ragu. I like it when there is a good portion of meat to pasta, and this was the perfect balance. I generally feel very full after a big bowl of carbs, but this dish was equally portioned so we didn’t have that heavy feeling afterwards.
To finish off a perfect Sunday, we headed down to Bondi Beach for a scoop of Gelato Messina and a stroll across the promenade. Long live the weekend!
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I have some more exciting content from the weekend that just passed. Since I had Monday off work, we decided on a last minute drive down to the Hunter Valley. I had never been before and was dying to taste some wine, eat at one of the many restaurants and stay at a beautiful hotel overlooking the vineyards. Can’t wait to share all of the photos in the next week or so (or you can have a sneak peak at my instagram feed @kiki_diamant). Happy Tuesday :) xxx