Il Baretto

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496 Bourke Street, Sydney, Australia

Il Baretto Sydney Reviews

christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Tiny Italian Place Mar 06, 2013
I've been to my fair share of Italian restaurants in my time and by all means Il Baretto is not the best, nor is it the worst.

It is located in a quaint, atmospheric, quiet area of Surry Hills where you can see enthusiastic cyclists whizzing by, one of the few places in Sydney i've seen with functional cycle lanes.

It's a small restaurants with about ten tables. It's located on a corner with effective open walls so the evening and night air permeates the whole place. You can see the chefs whipping up the food behind a modest counter.

The food is reasonably priced with the mains averaging about $18. Starters stand at about $6. The bruschetta wasn't spectacular, the olives were the nicest i'd ever tasted (and that's saying a lot as someone who doesn't like olives), the mushroom risotto was plentiful and delicious and the tiramisu was tasty. I am not a wine snob but i would have liked to be served my wine in a proper wine glass instead of a drinking glass, there's something so authentic about sipping wine from a delicate wine glass while nibbling on Italian food. As far as i could see they didn't serve pizza. What kind of Italian restaurant doesn't serve pizza?

The service was good but we felt a little rushed. Because the place is so small we got the impression they are trying to encourage you to eat and go to free up the tables.

All in all, it was good but not superb.
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