Friday, 24 July 2009

Osvaldo Polletti

1 + 1 = 2. Hard to get this wrong. If ever I need a shot of esteem, I recite this in my head because I know I’ll get it right. Such is the simple things in life.

Speaking of simple, I don’t know who Osvaldo Polletti is, but the restaurant knows the joys of simplicity. There’s no pretension in the Italian food, or the place that uses ordinary café furniture. The beauty is in the food, the basics done brilliantly. Meatballs of veal and pork, herbed and smothered in a rich, slightly chunky tomato puree would convert even the strictest of vegos.

If that doesn’t do it, the slowly cooked osso buco should, flavoured and cooked in a powerful tomato and gremolata stew, more of the parsley, garlic and lemon rind combination garnishes the meat. Roast pork is moist, tender, juices and fat reduced for an awesome gravy. Sides almost steal the show, cabbage sautéed with bacon but the potatoes with rosemary baked with whole gloves of garlic and thick wedges of red onion caramelising in the process a must. If there’s any room left at the end, go the rustic crumble to end all crumbles.

The Italian generosity might be absent on the plate but certainly there on the bill. If only more Sydney places would concentrate on hearty meals. A simple formula for success, Osvaldo Polletti + You = Happyness.

4 / 5 yums!
Where? 148 Norton St, Leichhardt, NSW
What? Dishes under $20

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