Published on December 6th, 2009 | by Gareth0
Libiamo Ristorante – Pizzeria
Located in the leafy shelter of Pyrmont apartment buildings is Libiamo. On the outside it is pretty unassuming and almost somewhere you wouldn’t notice. That is if it wasn’t for the interesting schedule of weekly entertainment and weekly specials scribbled in white pen on the glass partitions facing the pavement.
The approach taken by Libiamo’s front of house staff is a contrast to some Italian restaurants that I have visited where you are greeted by a hard sell that intimidates, similar to being cornered by an over zealous charity worker equipped with Big Tony the used car sales man’s moves (only without the chunky gold ID bracelet and orange tan). Once at the entrance of Libiamo the combination of the friendly accented waitress and the comforting aroma of the wood fired pizza oven make it hard to turn away empty handed.
We got there early in the evening so had the attention of all the staff, still good considering all I wanted was a take away pizza. But these people really want you to eat at their establishment and they show this, not by offering you a free glass of crap fizzy wine, but with passion and confidence about their food and the quality of the ingredients they use.
They happily accommodated our request for a half and half pizza (“Vegertariana” – mushrooms, eggplant, roasted capsicum, onion, olives, mozeralla, tomato and “Capricciosa” – ham, mushroom, Italian sausage, roasted capsicum, mozeralla and tomato). This together with an order of garlic bread was only $25.50.
The result was a truly tasty authentic pizza, with wonderfully intense flavours laced with a hint of wood smoke. I am looking forward to dining at their ‘ristorante’ very soon.
Libiamo, 2-14 Bunn St, Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 02 955 21509 (libiamo.com.au)