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Review: Take a Culinary Journey With The Amalfi Way

Eat, Restaurants / March 1, 2021

The Amalfi Coast comes to the shores of Sydney with this new offering from restaurateur Luigi Esposito. 

Sitting on Woolloomooloo’s Cowper Street Wharf alongside such illustrious neighbours as China Doll, Manta and Kingsleys, and OTTO Ristorante, The Amalfi Way is the newest offering from Sydney’s favourite Italian restaurateur, Luigi Esposito.

Esposito is responsible for Via Napoli and the new Pizza Fritta 180 and has an unquestionable track record when it comes to opening Italian restaurants in Sydney.

Born in Napoli, not far from the turquoise waters and picturesque cliff sides of the Amalfi Coast, Esposito’s new restaurant is a tribute to his homeland. The menu is designed to reflect the very best that Amalfi has to offer and is jam-packed with unexpected flavour combinations, fresh seafood, and with a commitment to traditional Italian techniques.

Doing things the Amalfi Way means eating alfresco in a truly gorgeous setting. With white tablecloths, outdoor tables, accents of navy blue and lemon yellow, and a truly enviable location on one of Sydney’s most iconic wharfs, this is as close to Amalfi as you can get within spitting distance of the Sydney CBD.

When you arrive at the wharf you’re met with a truly extensive drinks menu and the smell of charcoal emanating from the wood-fired pizza oven. Their signature cocktail list is packed with perfectly balanced cocktails named after tourist hot spots along the Amalfi Coast. Our top pick would be the Sorrento ($21) made with Malfy pink gin, grapefruit, and orange blossom served in a delicate coupe.

Moving onto antipasti which is where you’ll find some of the best dishes on the menu. The irresistibly Instagrammable Yellowfin tuna tartare ($25) is delicately plated with cantaloupe, buffalo mozzarella, and a light dusting of beetroot. The clear winner in our mind though is the zucchini flowers filled with ricotta and Sfusato Amalfitano lemon zest ($18) served on a bed of crispy kale and aioli. You might think you’ve had zucchini flowers before but these flowers are fresh, zesty, and far from greasy – an absolute must-try!

Their signature pasta dish Scialatielli all’ Amalfitana ($48) is made with hand-cut pasta and is covered in local seafood with fresh scampi, mussels, vongole, calamari, prawns, and a light sauce. For seafood fanatics, it’s a surefire winner.

However, our favourite dish was the ravioli Caprese ($35) stuffed with ricotta di bufala, provolone del Monaco, and served in a rich tomato scarpariello sauce. It’s hearty without being heavy, delicately balanced, and delicious. 

If you’re looking for something to finish off the night we suggest the incredibly decadent espresso martini babamisú ($16) with traditional baba soaked in espresso martini with mascarpone custard, drizzled with coffee and sprinkled with cocoa powder. Then you can finish the night in the true Amalfi way with a shot of limoncello! 

You can find The Amalfi Way at 6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo. They are open for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Sunday. Check out their website here

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