Da Mario has been around for a while now and we had been meaning to check it out, especially after hearing alot of positive feedback. Some friends of ours had just had a baby and this was the perfect excuse to catch up and enjoy a meal at the same time.
Da Mario is a large stylish dining space in the up and coming dining precint of Rosebery. There is plenty of indoor seating as well as alfresco dining on the deck. Da Mario serves traditional Italian fare including certified Napolitan style pizza, so you cannot make variations to what is listed.
To start off, we tried the crumbed and stuffed olives, which went down a treat. We also ordered the eye fillet beef carpaccio which was thinly sliced and literally melted in your mouth and a minted salad which was fresh and crisp.
Being one who usually steers past risotto, due to underwhelming bad experiences of the past, I was hesitant to try. However, I was excited by the idea of the beetroot risotto, which has returned this dish to favour with me. It looked nice on the plate, it was perfecty cooked and had plenty of flavour. Quite creamy and delicious.
With Da Mario being known for their traditional wood fired pizza, you know we couldn’t resist. The Melanzane pizza was quality, topped with eggplant and smoke mozzarela which simple and tasty with a light pillow like dough. Our friends were pleased with their pizza the magherita con ruchtta e crudo , a margherita with prosciutto and wild rocket.
One of our friends had the special which was a steak so there are some meat dishes too.
We had a great lunch at Da Mario. The service was great with plenty of character. We thoroughly enjoyed the authentic Italian cusine served up, and is on our list of recommended Italian restaurants for Sydney diners.