Restaurants - Surry Hills, NSW
Il Baretto at Surry Hills offers a deliciously rich Italian dish that will have you eyeing off the quacking species with greed. An equally tempting option is the mix-and-match home-made pasta.
As the sun filters through the Bourke Street trees on its way to bed each evening, the queue of hungry hopefuls grows outside Il Baretto. This Surry Hills institution has been a local favourite for more than twelve years, dishing up lip-smacking Italian pastas in a cosy nook full of character.
After quite some time perfecting the menu, the restaurant’s offerings now stay relatively unchanged, with an assortment of specials changing fortnightly (take a peek at the giant paper menu attached to the wall). This is simple Italian cookery at its best. Follow the advice of regulars and tuck into the signature pappardelle with duck ragu – choose from gnocchi, spaghetti or penne and a range of sauces including arrabbiata, bolognese, pesto, gorgonzola or carbonara. Devilish tiramisu or perfectly formed panna cotta offers a suitably decadent end to the evening. If you’re unwilling to wait for a table, Il Baretto also offers speedy takeaway, but keep in mind payment is by cash only.