Margherita and Co.
Margherita and Co. in World Square’s is split in two (physically as well as in concept, on either side of a bull statue). On Margherita Vinoteca’s side there are tablecloths, share plates, marble tiles and a regional Italian wine list. On the other side – Margherita and Co. (also the name of the venue as a whole) – there’s inexpensive pastas and pizzas to eat in or take away.
The food at Vinoteca is more intricate without being too much more expensive. The pizzas, for instance, aren’t cooked on a conveyor belt like they are in Co. Instead, the dough’s proven for 24 hours and then baked in a high-tech electric oven. They're crisp with a charred edge
The entrees include a chargrilled cuttlefish salad with squid-ink sauce, fennel and oregano is topped with crackling-texture squid-ink crackers. A soft dome of burrata is surrounded by discs of fried zucchini and mint leaves, basil oil and balsamic.
Mains are more old-school in flavour and presentation, but innovative. The half baby chicken with truffle polenta and a chestnut and Chianti reduction is done Chinese-style – It's brined, steamed and fried.
Drink beer and soft drink at Co., or, at Vinoteca, riffs on Italian cocktails and a wine list that captures a good breadth of both Australian regions and Italian varietals.