Ormeggio at The Spit
Two-hatted, waterside, Italian dining on the lower north shore.
The fact Ormeggio at The Spit in Mosman's D'Albora Marina has a ten-metre-long marble cocktail and gelato bar (staples at restaurants in southern Italy) should give you some idea of its authenticity.
Everything here is legit, from the stucco walls and aforementioned bar to the menu: meat-free as of June 2020 (southern Italians don't eat much meat), featuring instead seafood caught by fisherman who sell it right at the wharf, as well as focaccia made in-house and taking no less than 22 hours. Finish with one of six flavours of gelato, each inspired by a different Italian dessert.
To start with, the a la carte menu includes handpicked North Queensland mud crabs with a polenta tartlet and sweet corn, as well as daily market oysters with chardonnay vinegar. To share, try the Fremantle octopus cooked over charcoal or the house-made tagliolni with scallops crudo and turnip tops.
Chef's selections at Ormeggio include lightly smoked Western Australian scampi with salted brioche and pistachio, or the daily catch with ocean trout roe, orange and dill. Finish off with the buttermilk gelato with cacao crumble and mint.
The venue is making the most of its epic waterfront views with a sunset happy hour for the month of September 2023 from 5–6pm. Guests can enjoy classic cocktails, reduced BYO wine corkage and a Quick Picks menu with special items, not on the standard menu. Book your spot on the website now.
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