Avoca, like many towns on NSW’s Central Coast, has an easy air about it. Bombini, an Italian restaurant on a leafy two-acre plot, has that same relaxed pace but a surprisingly elegant menu.
The restaurant is hugged by plants; ferns peek through window and surround the best seat in the house, a single outdoor table in a hut-like structure among the garden. With white furniture and lemon furnishings it’s a summer-year-round eatery.
The food here is modern but authentic Italian, the kind you’d see at Berta or Fratelli Paradiso. The salt cod, potato and saffron polpettine (little meatballs) are moreish and great with a beer to start. The roast tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and pesto is somehow more flavourful than a caprese salad; the homegrown tomatoes are incredibly sweet. The meat in the cannelloni with duck, veal, ricotta and rocket falls apart at the touch, a dish that works in summer and colder weather.
Cameron makes gelato with a Carpigiani ice-cream machine, made the 70s in Bellogna. The banana and choc chip and the plum and vanilla come out soft and cool, but not freezing, and as fresh as it gets. Leave time for a dip in the ocean before the drive home.
The restaurant will close from August 3 – September 2 2015.