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“delicious dining and great atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ombretta

Ombretta
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Ranked #617 of 5,822 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: US$11 - US$24
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Glebe
Description: Ombretta is the creation of friends and business partners Niccolo Fagherazzi and Michael Schiavello. Niccolo and Michael met in Venice in 2005 over a Campari where the first conversations began in earnest already hatching ideas for bar or restaurant ventures. The common thread was the will to simulate an Italian experience, simply, honestly and faithfully. Several years later and thousands of kilometres away, an opportunity arose that brought them back together to continue the conversations and finally act on ideas to bring them to life. In one of the many conversations they distilled the projection of Ombretta in a few words: Fresh, Seasonal, Cucina Povera. These words go together naturally, therefore the objective was clear and they were immediately on the same page with the direction of the menu. The menu at Ombretta dictates the experience for diners and staff. When a chance meeting with chef Danilo Cerrettini occurred, it was clear that this was a match that could not have been planned more perfectly. Born, raised and trained in Rome, well travelled and experienced in many styles of cookery, Danilo's heart (and stomach) is heavily entrenched in fresh, seasonal cucina povera. Every recipe has a story, every story has a history and all this history is inextricably linked with tradition, culture and place. Most of this will be detailed in the cookbook everyone is waiting for from Ombretta.
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“delicious dining and great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

this was the third time i'd been to ombretta, on a busy saturday night. the menu is always full of mouthwatering choices, which great for a small selection. my friend and i shared the buffalo mozzarella starter which was an incredible balance of flavours and textures as it came with house-made pickled onions and a piece of quiche (for want of a better word). i chose a pasta dish for main - with a ricotta-like cheese and pancetta sauce. the pasta is served al dente as was outlined by the friendly waiter. our sides were simple yet spot-on with great flavours. the service is relaxed and friendly and the decor is modern and full of character with a touch of italian such as the clocks all reading the same time for various towns in italy.

i was there with one other and you can hold a conversation which can be difficult in some restaurants with bad acoustics. larger family groups also seemed to be enjoying their time there.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank mad_act
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great all round”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

We have been coming here for months now and can't believe the obviously biased and see through negative review just posted.
Great food and service with fresh ingredients and BYO

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Alan F
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

When you look at the reviews you expect more but it's very average.. Good atmosphere but nothing excited about food

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Nietzsche1414
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Sydney
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76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Excellent local Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Booked (luckily) for a recent Thursday night with friends, particularly for BYO policy. Arriving 7:30 to find the place packed - when restaurants are closing due to lack of patronage - so something must be right.
The limited but sufficient menu of the traditional four courses provided our group with satisfaction, although we could only manage 3 each. Each dish was well executed with the duck & mushroom and tiramisu particularly enjoyable.
I understand that most patrons were "walk-ins" which would explain why the restaurant appeared understaffed on the night and service strained - although enthusiastic when available. Very noisy, but mostly due to a few groups unable to converse normally. Undeniably italian perhaps? On a good night I would opt for the small front courtyard.
The wine list contained a good array by the glass, even if on the expensive side.
Overall, we will most certainly return, perhaps earlier in the week to this good value, good food place.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Lombard71
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Camperdown
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Just perfect! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

This little beauty is just around the corner from my house.. I have been here 3 times and every time is just delicious! Very friendly staff, great wine selection and THAT Italian food!!! Menu is in Italian but staff is more than happy to explain every dish. Nice relaxing atmosphere will make your evening really enjoyable!

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3 Thank Vikii5
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