Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour
This Darling Harbour mega venue has a dessert bar, a wine shop, a Campari bar and a waterfront beer garden.
UPDATE: JULY 18, 2019 — Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean spritz season is, too. And to prove it, Fratelli Fresh is serving up limited-edition super-sized Aperol spritzes. Available at all seven NSW outposts — Alexandria, Bridge Street, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, the Entertainment Quarter, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney — the 1.5-litre Super Spritz will set you back $39. Head in on Wednesdays and it's a very affordable $20. You can share it (or not), but you'll need to get in quick to try it — it's only available for a limited time.
Fratelli Fresh has launched its emporium at Darling Harbour. The epic space offers, well, everything — from Mecca coffee and Sonoma baked treats, to Neapolitan pizza and tiramisu, to masterclasses and $2.50 gelato happy hours. If you've time to hang around, claim a table in the waterfront beer garden that's dotted with citrus and olive trees. If not, grab some pasta and run.
There's room for more than 550 diners and drinkers in the light-filled 1100-square-metre venue, which you'll find opposite the Chinese Gardens. It's split into a bunch of spaces, each of which is dedicated to various dining styles, cooking stations and bars. There's also an adult-friendly games corner, where you can play ping pong, jenga, shuffleboard and foosball. As usual, Fratelli's classic red and white Italian aesthetics apply.
The menu features both Aussie producers, including Vannella Cheese and Salumi Australia, and world-famous Italian brands, like Baci chocolate and Campari. Feast your way through pizzas, pastas, salads and rotisserie meats before hitting the dessert bar, loaded with tiramisu, tortas, panna cotta, biscotti, sfogliatella (a filled pastry from Campania), hand-made truffles, chocolate bars, cannoli and gelato. On Wednesdays, it's time for all-you-can-eat pasta and, on Thursdays, for $20 endless antipasti boards.
In the on-site vinoteca there's more than 80 Australian and Italian drops. Otherwise, choose from the by-the-glass wine list or from a bunch of Goose Island (US) craft beers. There's also an entire bar devoted to Campari, which will offer a whopping seven spritzes and six negronis on-tap.
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