With stunning views Ormeggio at the Spit is a 2 hatted restaurant perfect for spoiling a loved one or enjoying the good life. I check out Ormeggio mid-week just ahead of Valentines day. I was very lucky to have this opportunity which was facilitated by the AGFG.
Alessandro Pavoni has a collection of michelin hats having worked in Europe and now adds another two hats in the good food guide as Executive chef and owner of Oremeggio at the spit. As he talks about his passion for his food and the delicate and complex processes behind his work, I smile quietly and appreciate the food and experience to come.
But first, let's start with a drink. I enjoy a nice glass of wine while MW ops for a cider.
There's a few degustation options but tonight I am taking "a trip through Italy". It starts off with crispy biscuit from the Northern italian region of Emilia Romagna with a parmesan biscuit with a sweet corn filling (above).
The final snack is from the region of Piermonte - the vietello tonnato is a cold veal dish served in a mini taco and topped with a tuna flavoured sauce. I soak in the views as my "trip through Italy" continues through.
Typically you are used to getting bread with butter. Ormeggio ups the game by delivering Organic Sourdough with this addictive homemade ricotta spread.
Sicilia, the toe of Italy brings the dish of crudo di tonno which is a yellow fin tuna crudo, bronte pistachio with ocean trout roe. The purple crispy shards have been soaked in mussel water so MW gets a non-shell fish shard. The yellow fin tuna is refreshing in contrast to the other crunchy elements.
Due to an shell fish allergy, an alternative to the cold spaghetti is the very colourful risotto. It's from the North Eastern region of veneto, the risi e bisi carnaroli is a risotto with southern calamari and green peas.
I love how delicate each grain is and Alessandro Pavoni tells me about the colourful blobs of squid ink and pea. MW loves this dish.
In quite a courageous move, Alessandro Pavoni tells me he decided to bring the cold spaghetti to the menu. The cold spaghetti has mussels, msc king prawns and seaweed. The spaghetti is spiralled and layered. The natural flavours of prawn is quite prominent and this dish feels quite homely.
Next up is the South West Region of Campania, pomodoro e origano, which is a john dory, with heirloom tomatoes and oregano. The fish is perfectly cooked and quite flakey and moist.
Next up is a decadent dish from the region of Emilia romagna, parmigiano regginao DOP, bottoni filled with parmigiano reggiano with roasted malt. In essence, this is a liquid cheese dumpling that bursts in your mouth. The case is a delicate pasta dumpling skin. I love this dish but be prepared for that rich, decadent and creamy blast in your mouth.
Next up is a dish from Toscana (Tuscany), which is a porchetta, suckling pig porchetta with salsa verde. I really like the crispy skin and the pork is very succulent.
Now for the desserts. There's the dessert from Veneto, which has a gelato flavoured of prosecco and strawberry. There's also a strawberry puree. Then there's a strawberry sprinkled with mascarpone with prosecco flavours. I quite like prosecco flavours and I love strawberries so this dish was heavenly for me. MW is not as keen on proscecco flavours.
The final destination through Ormeggio's trip through Italy is the Sicilian region dish of mandorla di noto, almond, sicilian lemon. If you are an almond lover then you will love this dessert. I quite like almond flavours and I basically devour this dish in seconds. I love it. What a perfect way to end the meal. My tastebuds were very happy and I'm quite full.
The real sneaky final petite is a white chocolate and mango gelato bite (bottom photo).
Summary: The reputation speaks for itself. Two hats, gorgeous views and most importantly, the food is tasty and such an experience. Make sure you book.
Price: $145 per person for the Trip Through Italy degustation. You can also opt for a smaller trip or a longer trip!
Location: The Spit, Spit Road, Mosman.
Closed Mon and Tuesday.
Lunch Thurs to Sun 12pm to 3pm
Dinner Wed to Sun 6pm to 10pm (except Sunday, 9:30pm).
Weekend Food Escapes dined as guests of Ormeggio as requested by AGFG. All words, photos and opinions are my own.