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La Casa Ristorante, Russell Lea, Sydney

I have heard wonderful things about this restaurant, La Casa Ristorante which can be found on the busy street of Lyons Road in Russell Lea. Now Russell Lea is not a suburb I go very often but I have noticed that there are a few restaurants along this strip. Definitely worth checking out on my next visit to Sydney!

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My bro’s birthday was coming up, it was a shame that I couldn’t extend my visit! We decided to come here for dinner, I had left the reservation quite late but thankfully managed to get a table. The place was BUSY, it must be a good sign we all thought! The menu was vast, it took us a while to decide what we want. We started with the garlic wood fire pizza (AUD9) and this went so quickly that when I looked up for a second piece it was ALL GONE!

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We couldn’t go past the Don Pietro – tomato, mozzarella, hot Sicilian salami, capsicum, olives (AUD 22) – loved the thin base pizza!

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F couldn’t go past the spaghetti ai fruitti di mare e pomodoro – spaghetti pan tossed with mussels, octopus, calamari, prawns, fish fillet tomato concise, garlic, chilli and parsley (AUD26) – a favourite amongst the diners.

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The taglierini al tonne e aromi catanese – housemade hand cut linguini with yellow-fin tuna, capers, chili, limoncello lemons, parsley leaves, black olives and toasted pine nuts were good but lacked a little ump – not enough chilli they said.

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I ordered the corn fed range chicken Maryland which came with potato mash – the original version had traces of nuts so the chef kindly made Dragon and I one with just potato mash and it was perfect. Tender chicken and creamy potato mash – perfect dinner for Dragon!

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We noticed someone near by having the Lombata di Manzo con peperonata, jus (AUD38) – 400g riverina grass fed marble score 2 + rib eye sautéed red capsicum salad beef jus and couldn’t resist. The steak was cooked to perfection, it was definitely not enough for the 6 of us!

The polpette di casa – La Casa’s famous meatballs served with our pane di casa baked fresh daily on the premises (AUD17) were also a hit. (sorry no pic, it was so blurry!)

We were really all quite full and considered dessert, however, they ran out of tiramisu! Probably a blessing in disguise as I am sure I wasn’t the only one who were about to unbutton their jeans! Food was really good, I am sure the family will be back soon. I definitely wouldn’t hesitate!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

La Casa Ristorante

271 Lyons Road

Russell Lea, NSW, Sydney

Ph: +61 2 9712 3882

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