Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta, Bondi

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I never get tired of visiting Bondi. Whether it be for the sunny beach, laid-back surfer vibe, the hip cafes or beach-front restaurants, there is always something to do in the iconic Sydney suburb.

A little further down Hall Street and away from crowds of the waterfront strip is The Hub, a two-storey food precinct that is home to a small number of retailers and restaurants such as Papa's Pasticceria, Bills and A Tavola. Da Orazio is one of a handful of restaurants that occupies a space here.

The interior has a fitting Italian coastal feel, with white furnishings, sailor stripes and beams of natural light that go hand in hand with the sea breeze that flows through during the day. 

The menu is a mix of wood-fired, rustic pizzas, simple antipasti, salads, a handful of pastas and homemade porchetta

Focaccia con Porchetta ($30)
Because the restaurant is named after the infamous Italian roast pork, we can't resist ordering their signature porchetta. We go all out and order the focaccia con porchetta; a hefty sandwich of melt-in-the-mouth Berkshire pork, silky grilled eggplant, cos lettuce and lashings of creamy mayonnaise. It's piled high inside soft, fluffy homemade foccacia, which is baked daily in the wood-fired oven and has gorgeous, puffy edges that support the plentiful filling well.

The pork is absolutely heavenly. It's flavoured with aniseed and sliced unevenly into rough pieces; the edges ever so charred but the inside tender and marbled with thin lines of juicy fat. The fresh cos and marinated eggplant add structure to the sandwich, which is cut into four sizable pieces. 

It's a proudly messy affair - definitely one worth getting your hands dirty for. 

Reginella pizza ($18)
The pizza here is one to be contested with. It's a thin-based Naples style pizza with a joyfully blistered, swollen crust and irregular, charred bubbles. The base is smeared with the sweetest san marzano sauce, which meddles with creamy white pools of fior di latte. You can't go wrong with a pizza like this. 

Arrosticini all' Abbruzze (5 for $15)
These traditional lamb skewers hail from the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy, and are served on long, wooden sticks with a simple sprinkling of sea salt, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and wedge of lemon. The small, supple pieces of lamb are cooked to a perfect pink. 

Squid Ink Tagliolini ($29)
Handmade squid ink tagliolini is extravagant but refined, served with a thin but flavour-packed seafood sauce that glows orange against the jet black strands of pasta. Curls of fresh prawn, baby zucchini shavings and pops of soft cherry tomato are the perfect additions to this light, fresh dish.

Pappardelle Beef Brisket Ragu ($29)
Silky strands of pappardelle are bound by a chunky beef ragu and showered with a blanket of soft, white parmesan in this luscious pasta dish. 

The thick sauce has a rich tomato flavour and warming chilli kick. It coats every crevice of the al dente ribbons, and is dispersed with large chunks of tender beef that can be easily broken apart with a fork. 

It's the little things that make a difference here, such as the additional chilli flakes that are brought to the table in an aptly labelled pizza wine glass. 

The style of dining at Da Orazio fits in perfectly with the beach-side vibe of Bondi. You don't lose sight of the fact that this restaurant is only a stone's throw away from the sea.


Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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