Locale Pizzeria

On Saturday night Brian and I decided to go to Locale Pizzeria for a date night. we hadn’t been on a proper date in ages and had heard good things about Locale. we also wanted to scope it out as a potential rehearsal dinner location.

We didn’t book so they only had an outside table available, which was fine because they had space heaters going and it was nice and quiet.

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Brian ordered a Peroni and I had a glass of the Mandoleto Pinot Grigio. I always order pinot grigio, it’s my favourite wine. This one was nice, but not the best I have had.

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I had already looked at the menu online and decided we had to get the Polpette (pot braised veal & pork meatballs, tomato sugo, basil and grated grana padano). In January this year we had dinner at an Italian restaurant in Darling Harbor in Sydney and I had been dreaming of their meatball starter ever since. We like to share meals so we both get to try a couple of dishes so we also ordered the Mazzancolle Al Guazzetto (hot pot king prawns, chilli, garlic, parsley and wood fired focaccia).

Both starters were tasty. The meatballs were tender and juicy, although could have used a touch more salt and pepper, bread for the sauce would have also been nice.

Luckily the garlic prawns came with fresh focaccia, so we used that with both dishes. The sauce with the prawns was delicious, there was just enough garlic and chilli to be full of flavor but not over powering. If I am being super picky the prawns were a little over cooked and didn’t taste the freshest, but it was still a very enjoyable dish.

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For mains I ordered Pappardelle Alla Bolognese (ribbon pasta, slow braised veal & pork Bolognese). Brian ordered the pizza special which had fior di latte, chorizo, spanish onion, oregano & fresh chilli.We also ordered a All’Aglio Pizza (garlic, sea salt & parsley) to share.

Mine was nice, very simple and again lacking in the seasoning department, but the flavours where nice. Brian liked his pizza, although thought the chorizo was a little sparse. The garlic pizza was good, but I would question where the menu says sea salt, we had to add our own. Both pizza’s had delish crusts though, thin and crisp.

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Because it was date night, we decided to go all out and order dessert as well. Brian had the Cassata Di Casa (vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate, biscuit and pistachio) and loved it. The ice cream was rich and creamy with a delicious vanilla flavor and the fresh berries added just the right amount of tartness. I ordered the Tortino Al Cioccolato (warm Perugia chocolate pudding and salted peanut gelato). It was incredibly rich and incredibly delicious, the gelato broke through the intense chocolate of the pudding. Dessert was by far their best course.

I loved the atmosphere of Locale, the service was great and the food was good. If I had to pick a negative, I found all of their savoury dishes to be a little under seasoned, but that was easily fixed with the salt and pepper grinders at the table.

All up we paid $146, which I think was probably more than we would expect to pay at a pizza place, but we enjoyed our night so we weren’t unhappy with it.

We both said we would go again.

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