Italian favourite, Cucinetta launches brunch

Entrance to Cucinetta

Let’s face it who doesn’t want to wake up to views of the city skyline and the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Wouldn’t that just make our week? So when a neighbourhood gem, decides to go from lunch and night-owl dining to a being a breakfast lark, we want a seat at their table with that view.

Whilst the Woolwich Pier Hotel pulls in the crowds just across the road, Cucinetta has its own command house; quietly presiding over a stretch of grassland which looks out onto Cockatoo Island and beyond. It’s an elegant spot; grey slate floor tiles, an open kitchen with a headdress of wooden logs, alfresco terrace and glass windows along one side onto those views.

Award-winning Chef Vincenzo brings Italy to our shores using traditional methods of slow cooking, making his own cheese, pasta and preserves along with sourcing ingredients and suppliers to showcase the best of Italy from smooth Vittoria Cinque Stelle coffee to bread from Infinity Bakery.

zucchini fritters with house smoked salmon

Grab a table on the sunny terrace and start ordering. Smashed avocado on toast is taken to another level with a gloriously thick slice of toasted sourdough topped with fresh avocado and layered with delicate slices of seasoned heirloom tomato, basil and generous dabs of buffalo feta. Calabrese baked eggs is served in a terracotta dish with a base of capsicum, kale and chorizo accompanied by two soldiers of focaccia (never enough!). Two delicate discs of zucchini fritters get a kick from house made smoked Tasmanian salmon and pickles.

croissant french toast

With views this good, make it a two course affair and finish with a ‘desert’ of decadent croissant french toast topped with a caramalised banana, delicate chocolate mousse and peanut butter.

So don’t just dream of waking up to these views. It’s all yours for the taking. Get into your car/uber/bus/on-yer-bike, and head to an undiscovered corner of our city for a slice of Italy looking back at the best of our Australia’s icons.

Cucinetta ITALIAN eatery 

103 Woolwich Road, Woolwich NSW 2110

Hours:  Dinner- Tuesday to Saturday,  Lunch – Friday to Sunday. Breakfast 7am-11am Monday to Saturday

About the author

Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).


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