Italian Restaurants

Crazy for Candeloris |Smithfield

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The Candelori’s restaurant has operated for the past 36 years, and recently been reviewed by Gault & Millau 2015. Since opening in 1999, the restaurant has gained a reputation for providing delicious Italian food including house-made pasta made from scratch and with an atmosphere that feels extravagant and classy that suits both social and business occasions. Candelori’s is a true dining destination for all foodies who love Italian cuisine from the Western suburbs and beyond.

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (0)What a lovely restaurant to dine at.

We are off to a great start with these tall, fluffy garlic bread sticks ($9?) with the obvious ingredient…minced garlic. We sure took our time with these as it seemed so great to dunk these solider boys into the entree and pasta base.

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I was a fool to think the pan seared scallops ($27) could be shared between two people along with Jerusalem artichokes, nduja and watercress. I was not trustworthy to evenly distribute the scallops as it turned out I had 3/4 quarters of this entree. Whoopsh!

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Pan Seared Scallops ($27)

There is no reason not to become a vegetarian anymore because the crumbed eggplant ($27) with Buffalo mozzarella served with pormodoro sure disguised itself as a BIG piece of steak. It’s extraordinary how the texture of this eggplant can almost, I mean ALMOST fit into the meat category. I was fooled by the presentation and AGAIN fooled by the texture. It really knew how to show-off that tomato surrounding.

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Crumbed Eggplant ($27)

Look what do we have here! Hand cut pappardelle osso buco ragu($29) – The ribbon egg pasta is made fresh daily at the restaurant and provides the perfect consistency of texture and flavour. A lot of muscle work goes out to these pastas and marinating the veal shank ragu, so make sure you lick your bowls clean, CLEAN I TELL YOU.

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Hand cut pappardelle osso buco ragu ($29)

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Only ribbons I’d eat!

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to give the squid ink tagliolini with scampi and scallops ($36) a try with baby calamari and cherry tomatoes. This ex-SQUID-ite dish may be a hit or a miss, depending how madly in love you are with having squid ink as your main ingredient. It certainly is a tad saltier than other pasta dishes, but married so well with the seafood.

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Squid Ink Tagliolini with Scampi and Scallops ($36)

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (9)Dive right into those tentacles…I mean tagliolini.

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (7)Hmmm fresh seafood in my belly.

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I think I wouldn’t mind having a few glasses of wine, please…

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Dining area at Candelori’s

Listen up kids. I turned into GODZILLA when the san valentino ($18) arrived. This dish took me to a HAPPY PLACE with the white chocolate mousseraspberry jelly and biscotti. My claws came out when there was only…

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That presentation of the San Valentino ($18)

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (14)Where do I even begin?!?!

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That inner photo…you like?

There may have been a little tension between me and my partner in crime when the indulgence ($18) had magically appeared at the table. With a total of 70% dark chocolate, passionfruit curd served with a chocolate moist biscuit it’s no wonder stacks were high.

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There’s a reason why this is called indulgence ($18)

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Ready for the next photo?

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OH BOY! Come to me baby!

What do we have here…12 hours baked meringue ($18) – Yes I slowly became vulnerable when snow white crisp shell vanished into thin air along with vanilla cream, rhubarb jam, poached apple, lemon powder and a zesty sorbet.

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12 Hours Baked Meringue ($18)

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I have a lot of explaining to do…but this was just SPECTACULAR! 12 Hours and not a single sign of sunburn.

If you don’t know already Candelori’s was named in the Gault & Millau Australia in 2015. That’s incredible especially when the deserve points for their quality of freshness of produce, the creativity and professionalism of presentation and can’t forget the harmony of the menu.

Candeloris_Nessy Eater (22)Well done Candelori’s!

Till next time Candelori’s and I will have that squid ink tagliolini with scampi and scallops to myself AND each of the desserts I order too.
Candeloris_Nessy Eater (23)Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Candeloris, thanks to Candeloris.

Please note: Nessy Eater visited in on November 2015. Desserts change seasonally. 

Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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Eat Love Pizza- Kris Kringle Dinner

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Can you believe it, Christmas is already over? And I struggle to believe this because I am still a BIG KID at heart for presents AND food, off course. Teehee. I absolutely love Christmas because it’s the perfect excuse to go present hunting and it is UNAVOIDABLE, but it also gives me the opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones too. It seems like this year was my very first Kris Kringle with the girls and I was thrilled Almighty Princess found somewhat a BARGAIN of a scoopon over the net. For  FOUR PEOPLE ($109), you get to choose an entree, main and dessert EACH from Eat Love Pizza menu PLUS TWO bottles of wine. Visit here for this offer. It’s so worth it!

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Boasting the inspiring sights of the Sydney water views and taking in the TWO bottles of white and red wine, we do a Kris Kringle exchange.

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Lakeview Shiraz 2013

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Lakeview Sauvignon Blanc 2013

And have I been a good girl this year? OH PLEASE Santa… I do hope so!

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*Squeals* Ba ba ba na na Minion slippers from Secret Santa.

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Potato

I must be a really REALLY good girl this year as Secret Santa got me not one, but TWO PRESENTS.

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And a present from Almighty Princess, I feel loved.

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Awwww….I LOVE PRICELESS Christmas cards because it shows so much love and effort. Thanks Miss Boobie Trap! 😀

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We began stuffing our face with their entree section, Classic tomato bruschetta (serving for one person) – A floury crust that is easy to chew with chucks of fresh vine ripened tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar is a great starter but personally this can be easily done at home.

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Classic tomato bruschetta

Next is the Garlic Pizza crust ($13) – For some mysterious reason the olive tapenade turned out to be ADDICTIVE and FYI, I ain’t an olive lover. With the pizza face being so cheesy in parmesan, I had to have a second and perhaps a third slice. Haha.

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Garlic Pizza crust

Arancini – Golden crumbed risotto balls served with tomato dipping sauce ($16.50) turned out to be a very generous portion, two balls for each person. There was a crunch provided with uncooked risotto.

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Arancini

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Frittata ($14.50) was delicious with a blend of potato, carmelised onion & capsicum accompanied with rocket salad and walnut– I thought the salad and frittata was a great partner. It offers a variety of textures and fresh flavours.

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Frittata

Carbonara was a perfect consistency containing egg yolk, cream, parmesan, guanciale and black pepper with linguine, however this turned out to be the least favourite dish. Firstly, slightly too plain, in terms of display wise, HOWEVER my tastebuds were pleased to detect their pasta are freshly made.

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Carbonara 

Aglio contains chilli, garlic, eschellots and parsley served with linguine– It was much heavier in texture compared to carbonara and lacked the sauce flavour. I could only taste the pasta and chilli.

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Aglio

I don’t usually eat duck in pizza but the Peking Duck pizza included tomato base, duck, sesame seed, chili, shallot, sesame oil, rocket, orange ($26) – I have to emphasise how incredibly flavoursome this pizza taste. I could almost taste every single ingredient even the orange too. It would of been fantastic if the freshly thin pizza dough was a bit more thicker, otherwise this pizza was well put together.

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Peking Duck pizza 

BBQ chicken pizza ($26) contained a very tasty BBQ base, a spread of mozzarella, capsicum,  stripes of BBQ chicken breast fillet and mayonnaise. I wasn’t crazily enthusiastic with grabbing a slice as I imagined it to be a standard flavour and I was right.

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BBQ chicken pizza

And a complimentary walnut salad to share was provided in this Scoopon.

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complimentary Walnut salad

Gathered around the table, we all WOW-ed at the Classic homemade tiramisu ($14) because it was MONSTEROUSLY BIG in serving. It actually could feed all four of us! But I was just been naughty and had it all to myself. A very genuine taste of tiramisu consist of coffee flavour with cocoa.

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Classic homemade tiramisu 

There were giggles amongst our table when the wobbly Vanilla Bean pannacotta ($14) with peaches, raspberry coulis and crushed almond biscuit arrived. I guess a few glasses of wine really does make me do a few foolish things because I managed to somehow film this dessert. Check it out here on Instagram. This smooth silky Italian dessert made by simmering together milk, cream and sugar was made to perfection.

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Vanilla Bean pannacotta

All in all, Eat Love Pizza is perfect for a casual romantic spot for couples or first date as it presents spectacular views of Darling Harbour. As for the food, best to purchase a scoopon as it turns out to be reasonably more worth it as it includes TWO WINE BOTTLES if you purchase for FOUR PEOPLE.

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PLEASE NOTE: Nessy Eater dined using Scoopon deal ($109 for dinner with 2 Bottles of Wine for Four People). Size, quantity and price  in each dish may vary as this was a Scoopon deal.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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