This City2Surf eat the pasta and you’ll run fasta
City2Surf is just around the corner again. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon and started your ‘sofa to surf’ training yet, chances are you know somebody who has! Whether it’s you or your mates, fuelling for the race is top priority.
We’ve thrown together a list of the best pasta joints across Sydney, so you can get your carb fix in before the big race. Because come on, embrace the opportunity to claim spaghetti as a ‘health’ food before you run your heart out on Sunday August 13th.
Pompei’s, Bondi Beach
Start your City2Surf journey on Bondi Beach and end on Bondi Beach! Visiting Pompei’s not only guarantees some particularly tempting pasta, it also means that you can enjoy your meal right on the beach, giving you time to envision yourself sprinting across the finish line. Get your pre (and maybe even post) race fix with Pompei’s handmade casunziei all’ampezzana ($26) a dish made up of crescent shaped pasta filled with sautéed beetroot in a butter, poppy seed & sage sauce.
Otto Ristorante, Woolloomooloo
Laid out on the beautiful Woolloomooloo Wharf, a meal at Otto Ristorante is the perfect spot to laze about with your fellow athletes one final time before that mega race. Keep it simple yet decadent with their signature Spaghetti, made with Clarence River baby octopus, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and spicy bread crumbs ($30 entree size, $40 main size).
Fratelli Fresh, Alexandria
Turn it into a family affair and load up the whole gang with a pre-race dinner at local favourite Fratelli Fresh in Alexandria. Get on their classic lamb ragu ($26) or alternatively their signature Linguine Pangrattato, made with lemon, chilli, garlic ($21). For those looking for some added protein, you can also add beautifully plump QLD prawns to your dish ($28).
Jamie’s Italian, Sydney
True to form, Jamie’s Italian has adopted Jamie Oliver’s mission to serve healthy, hearty and wholesome food to the masses. And without ditching the flavour, that makes Jamie’s Italian the perfect spot to stuff yourself without the guilt. Jamie’s famous prawn linguine ($17.50 / $32.00) is infused with garlicky prawns alongside tomatoes, chilli, rocket and fennel and goes down a treat! For those looking for added carbohydrate kick, look no further than the epic chocolate brownie ($13.00). Served with proper chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn, you’ll happily tuck in, with the knowledge
Mercato e Cucina, Gladesville
Contrary to the above suggestions, there are pasta dishes out there that aren’t laden with local seafood. The gnocchi from Mercato e Cucina in Gladesville is a house made potato gnocchi with rosemary, dry herb ricotta, mix wild Imported Italian mushroom and Guanciale. Remember to keep your serving size sensible with this one, otherwise you won’t have mushroom for celebratory bites after the City2Surf!
Intermezzo Italian Restaurant, Sydney
Intermezzo Italian Restaurant boasts the title of one of the best Italian spots in Sydney. And with only a 10 minute stroll from the restaurant to the starting line, you can get your fix in minutes before the gun fires (though we probably don’t suggest chowing down on creamy Italian RIGHT before the big race). Keeping it downright delicious, try the gnocchi con pomodoro e mozzarello di bufala, house made pasta dumplings with vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, baby basil, smoked mozzarella and topped off with fresh buffalo mozzarella ($35).
Intermezzo Italian Restaurant, Ground 1 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, 02 9229 7788, http://www.gpogrand.com/intermezzo-italian-restaurant-sydney-cbd
Osteria di Russo & Russo, Enmore
Osteria di Russo & Russo is a cosy trattoria, inspired by true Italian heritage but presented in a modern way, with a nostalgic vibe that all the best Italian eateries can pride themselves on. Give their famous Agnolotti a try, which includes prawn and chervil mousse, sweetcorn, prawn reduction, mustard fruits, prawn head pangritata and bottarga ($30). It’s filled with all the carbs you’ll need to fire you through the City2Surf but in a tasty, creative way that’ll make you want to fire back for more.
Make the most of the Saturday night before the City2Surf with dinner and drinks (though not too many drinks) at Lot.1. The modern Italian eatery and bar will be equally fun and filling for your final meal before the big day. The Spaghettini is a pasta dish served with pork spanner crab, chilli, garlic and wakame ($42). That combo is a winner.
Bill & Toni’s, Darlinghurst
Are you after a really quick bite to eat prior to the big morning? Look no further than to the famous Bill & Toni’s in Darlinghurst. No fuss, just solid meals that’ll carb you up big time. The restaurant is famed for its combination meals – a main with a side of pasta. Carbs with a side of carbs, if you will. Try their classic schnitzel and pasta combo. A schnitzel (with or without cheese) alongside penne or spaghetti with either a bolognese, napolitana, marinara or vegetarian sauce on top. Quick and painless, hopefully like your City2Surf experience.
Bill & Toni’s
74 Stanley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, 02 9360 4702, http://www.billandtonis.com.au/index.html
Mangia e Bevi, Rose Bay
Mangia e Bevi’s menu is jam packed with old favourites and new dishes with modern twists. From woodfire pizza to creamy pastas and mouthwatering Nutella desserts, this friendly pizzeria has something for anyone, whether they be race-goer or race-observer. The cosy, homestyle dishes will fill you up and calm you down if your pre-race nerves are getting the better of you. Try out their spaghetti marinara, spaghetti tossed with king prawns, calamari, octopus, garlic, chilli and napoletana sauce. Trust that these hearty meals will certainly be setting you up for the very nearby, very scary Heartbreak Hill.
After the race, why not cool down at one of Sydney’s Best Wharf Bars and Restaurants