When we think of Italian food, we tend to think of home cooking; big hearty meals around the family table. But what’s often forgotten is Italy’s thriving street-food scene – vendors hawking pizza and breads on Roman streets.
This is the feeling and flavour of Gasworks’ newest arrival, Italian Street Kitchen. “We call it a ‘street kitchen’ because it’s all at street prices,” owner Mauro Marcucci says. “Nothing is more than $20, but it’s great Italian-restaurant-level cooking. Street food needs to be affordable, casual and quick, and that’s what we’re delivering.”
The Gasworks precinct doesn’t lack quality food and beverage offerings, but after opening two successful locations in Sydney, Marcucci knows how to appeal to diners. “We let our pizza dough rise for 48 hours, so it’s nice and light and easily digested – Roman style,” he says. “And we never compromise on ingredients. You’re getting the same quality meals as you’d pay at least $10 more for at most Italian restaurants.”
With four stations for pizza, pasta, antipasto and drinks, you can get as involved as you like in preparing your meal. Serve yourself and cut up your own pizza to whatever size you like with the scissors on the table, or just order off the menu. The restaurant also encourages you to test the chefs to come up with their own unique creations to suit your taste. “We want it to feel like a mix of a home kitchen and street-side cafeteria,” Marcucci says.
Pizzas lean towards the traditional with margherita, capricciosa, primavera and calzone all present and correct. For the lunch crowd, Marcucci recommends the paninis: wood-fire-roasted pork belly seasoned with fennel and garlic, or spit-roasted lamb with horseradish salsa. The antipasto selection features salumi boards, meatballs, arancini and calamari, and there’s a straightforward, reasonably priced menu for kids.
Drinks, naturally, lean towards the Italian with pinot grigio, soave and chianti at the top of the wine list, Peroni, Menabrea and Birra Moretti dominating the beers. Jugs of Negroni and Aperol Spritz are available during happy hour, 4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Italian Street Kitchen
Shop B1–B2 Gasworks Plaza, Skyring Terrace, Newstead
(07) 3922 8808
Mon to Thu 11.30am–9.30pm
Fri & Sat 11.30am–10pm