Capriccio Osteria has been operating in Leichhardt since 2015. It’s your Humble Italian restaurant where you won’t find your traditional spaghetti bolognaise, or the fine dining dish where you feel like you need a few more pasta spoonfuls. However, it is fine dining food in a casual atmosphere with quality unique food at reasonable prices.
Owner, Michele Rispoli, hailing from Positano on the Amalfi coast wanted to open a restaurant to showcase great Italian food. Drawing from generations of food and hospitality, as well as a breadth of experience in numerous Italian restaurants across Sydney and abroad, he has certainly made his mark with this great establishment.
Head Chef, Nicole Bampton is ex-Tetsuya’s and Lucio’s chef and is the mastermind behind the incredible food and ever changing menu to keep customers happy and inspired.
All the pasta is handmade on the premises daily and the focaccia baked on the spot in the woodfire oven. We are fans of the focaccia, soft and flavourful bread with a nice exterior crunch and dipped in the olive oil is perfection.
The menu is changed seasonally to reflect the freshest, locally sourced meat and veggies. For example, we had the beetroot and ricotta ravioli with burnt butter sauce, they sometimes mix it up and do a pumpkin ravioli or whatever is fresh and seasonal.
We began with a few drinks; an excellent Negroni and a mocktail; so good that we felt it was almost like the real thing. They’ve good a good variety of cocktails, spritzers and wine and the staff can suggest a pairing. Our Pinot Grigio worked well with our fish main.
We tried a good variety of dishes including the Pambula Merimbula oysters with a vodka, limoncello and lemon granita. Nice and plump oysters and the granita accomodating and highlighting the beautiful natural flavours of the oysters.
Second was the N’duja roasted octopus with Cannelloni, celery and green beans with a smoky flavour, extremely tender, a great rustic dish.
From the pasta options, we selected beetroot and ricotta ravioli with burnt butter sauce, and poppy seeds. Flavoursome pasta parcels were filled with a smooth beetroot ricotta purée and doused with the delicious butter sauce that made our tummies delight with happiness.
A new addition to the menu, baby snapper roasted on the bone was cooked perfectly and fell off the bone, served with almond romesco and braised leek. This was another great dish, simple with quality ingredients and perfect for summer. It paired well with a salad, their nicely ripened tomato salad made of Ox heart tomato, heirloom cherry tomato, buffalo mozarella and basil.
We loved everything we ordered but also hear that crowd favourites are the arancini and squid ink linguine with mussels, so we’ll have to return. We were sure though this time to leave room for the much talked about and anticipated baked ricotta cheesecake, which certainly holds up to the hype. Hands down the best ricotta cheesecake we’ve had in Sydney.
If you’re looking to have the choice made easy for you, you could also try their signature tasting menu for $69 which looked extremely generous.
They also do house-made pastas & sauces for purchase of your selection to cook & enjoy at home. Pick up is available at the restaurant after 4.30pm the following day.
The restaurant hosts quarterly gourmet events including black truffles, Italian wine tasting, and even Italian cheese making. Coming soon is their Wine Tasting in February and their Valentine’s Day menu to share with that special someone.
If you book and mention our post, they’ll offer a 20% discount!
159 Norton Street
Leichhardt NSW 2040
Tuesday – Friday from 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday from 12:00 noon for lunch
Saturday – Sunday from 4:00pm for dinner