Chachi's, Crows Nest

Bars, Drink, Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 30 November 2016

Start your night with a spritz, and stay for the spaghetti at Chachi’s.

Chachi’s comes as a breath of fresh air into the Northside suburb of Crows Nest. Having opened its doors last Wednesday, this pizza, pasta and cocktail bar embodies old school Italian charm with some tongue-in-cheek flare. Leading the way is Dan Sofo, owner of Firefly Neutral Bay and The Italian Willoughby. You can read all about our experience at Firefly here! 
Walk inside to notice white rendered concrete walls working against exposed brick work. Clinging to the walls are an assortment of framed pictures. Keep a watch out for the lady in the neon pink tutu. She hangs alongside vintage Italian posters as well as mounted ceramic plates.
Sofo explains that Chachi’s is a “little rough around the edges, with a scattered array of quirky imagery and pink neon reminiscent of a chintzy 80’s joint. There’s an alfresco front terrace for power lunchers then as you head further inside it’s all dark corners, booths & neon.”
chachis cocktails
On the drinks list you’ll find a range of seasonal cocktails. Some of which you might have already sampled at its sister restaurant, Firefly, such as their signature Rye’n Gosling Sour. Also on the menu are four types of spritzes. There’s the well recognised Aperol Spritz alongside refreshing summer spinoffs including Blackberry, Lychee and Rose, Suze and Elderflower ($14). The beer list carries an all Aussie focus with tap beers on regular rotation. On weekends there’s a particularly sweet deal on offer, half price Magnums of rosé! With 1.5 litres of wine costing half the regular price (hello $49!), you’ll know where to find us!
On the food menu you’ll notice 3 clear cut sections: snacks, pasta and pizza. On the pasta front you’ll see a variety of different sauces, including three cheese sauce, tomato, eggplant, basil and ricotta. You are able to then pair either pappardelle, rigatoni, linguine or gluten free penne to any of the aforementioned sauces, giving you a customised experience! The pizzas start with the classics, including your margarita and three cheese and travel onto your more gourmet fan fare. We have our eyes set on the ‘Porcobianco’ pizza ($23). Prosciutto, potato, rosemary, garlic, truffle oil, parmesan and mozzarella come served on a white base.
On the snacks menu, Firefly’s speciality zucchini chips also make an appearance. If you haven’t tried them already, it’s time to make the trip.
49 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest, 2065
(02) 9439 9786
Open Monday-Sunday noon until late