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verde restaurant + bar
L'avis de Gault&Millau
Infusing his cooking with inspirations and recipes from the Calabrian region of Italy, Chef Antonio Ruggerino serves up simple dishes that match quality ingredients with home-style care.
Nestled in a green and quiet corner of bustling Darlinghurst, and featuring dark brown interiors, exposed ceilings and high arches, the restaurant is perfect for candlelit dinners. With two full pages of the wine list dedicated to champagne, prosecco and sparkling, verde feels like a favourite for families and friends to celebrate special moments.
Generous arancini balls are a typical way to open the meal, with a refreshing octopus and potato salad another popular option. House-made pastas like the Calabrese tagliatelle with pork shank ragu are hearty and traditional, with more complex offerings like the black gnocchi with prawns, mussels, grape tomato, basil and chilli–brandy bisque also available. Secondi plates fuse Australian favourites like barramundi and Riverina Angus beef sirloin with Italian spices, ragus and red wine reductions. The signature salad sees lettuce leaves tossed with Ruggerino’s mum’s red vinegar recipe.
PSST! Chef Ruggerino offers in-home cooking classes. Check out the website for details.
Reviewed for the 2019 Guide
115 Riley Street (cnr Stanley Street), Darlinghurst