Situated on Ramsey Street, Haberfield is Pappadelle Ristorante. I had previously heard quite a lot about how good the food was, and not through a lack of trying could never quite get a table. However my luck changed and off we went. It was fully booked when we arrived. Inside were your traditional brown chairs and tables with a white linen table cloth over the top. It was very busy, and we were shown to our table which was set up outside. If you want to sit outdoors, you must ensure that you make this request when you book a table - as tables are not generally set up outside.
We started with an entrée of Calamari Fritti ($18), comprising of fried calamari mixed with chilli and shallots, served with a rocket aioli. The calamari was light and crispy with a delicious taste. However, I did find the texture to be a little chewy. We also had the Cozze Napolitana ($18). This was a delicious mixture of black mussels in white wine, garlic and napolitana sauce. This was simply delicious, and was topped off with a piece of bread for soaking into the sauce. Our favourite entrée was the Funghi Ripieni ($19). A plate of four field mushrooms filled with spinach and ricotta, topped with gorgonzola sauce. This was really delicious. The gorgonzola sauce on top of the spinach and ricotta filling was absolutely divine. I would definitely recommend trying this.
For mains we had the Risotto Con Gamberi ($24). Plump prawns cooked perfectly, combined with chilli, onions, shallots and napolitana sauce. Also ordered was the Linguine Marinara ($25). This was a selection of seafood including calamari, baby octopus, mussels and vongole, stirred through a spicy napolitana sauce, and served with linguine pasta.
It was soon time for dessert, and never having tasted a Mars Bar cheesecake - I was looking forward to it. Sadly for me they were all sold out by that time. The waitress was very apologetic and gave us her recommendations on what we should try. We ordered the Tiramisu ($12). We added a scoop of coffee gelato. We also had the Fig and Passionfruit Tart ($12). We added the scoop of vanilla ice cream. This was light and refreshing with a citrus based flavour.
Overall we had a great night with beautifully prepared food and amazing service. The staff were friendly, helpful and very accommodating to the customer. My only criticism would be that the staff constantly went back and forth checking that our meals were finished for them to pack away, even though we had only received the meals five minutes before. That however, is just a small point. Everything else was lovely. Definitely a restaurant I would recommend. Ensure you book ahead as many people who turned up without one, were turned away as it was completely booked.
Where: 217 Ramsay Street Haberfield NSW.
Why: Good food, great atmosphere and wonderful service.
Cost: Entree starting at $6.50. Mains starting at $16, and Desserts $12 - less for gelato.
When: Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - 10.30pm