Popolo - Rushcutters Bay - My Kiki Cake -Sydney Food Blog - Aperol Spritz

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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!

Popolo 

50 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay

Ph: 02 9361 6641

Web: http://www.popolo.com.au/

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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