Mama Rosy’s is a delightful little Italian venue in Newtown. Located towards the end of King St you might think it’s a cafe from the entry way. But go on in and either sit up the front section or head out the back to their wonderful garden because these guys ‘n gals make some food you want to eat.
MAMA ROSY’S VENUE:
The above picture says it all really about the inside part of the venue. The right hand side is the bar, counter and wood fired pizza oven. The venue is quite Italian in design with a somewhat alfresco cafe meets regal design? I love the back wall decal and everything resembles what I imagine cafes in Italy would look like. One day I hope to see with my own eyes! If you follow if through you will walk past the kitchen, the toilets and then enter their outdoor “garden” area. A truly fantastic use of the back section of the terrace venue. We visited a couple of months ago and it was quite warmer but I imagine in this chillier weather a few heaters would be present. I loved it out here – a great place of beers and the wonderful food Mama Rosy’s serves.
I wanted to point out they have a wonderfully clean toilet that actually had an orchid growing in it. The toilet I used had a skylight and I imagine during the day it would be warm and flooded with light so the perfect place for an orchid. Quite a few people laugh that I actually rate the toilets in my score but when you have eaten at a 5-Star venue with meals that cost hundreds of dollars and they have ran out of toilet paper and then you relieve yourself at a venue like Mama Rosy’s it is a scoring that indicates venues are successfully managing the entire place and not just the front of house.
The menu at Mama Rosy’s is inspirational. It is based on the food and the teachings of their own Mama Rosy. A young lady born in Sicily, raised in the organic regions of Palermo and destined to aspire her families rustic cooking traditions. Mama Rosy’s ideologies of producing signature Italian dishes was passed onto the younger generations which resulted in this boutique style kitchen located in Newtown. What’s not to love about the story behind the venue?
The staff and venue are celebratory in their approach to hosting, presentation and delivery of food. There is a definite sense you are dining with friends as opposed to just eating in a restaurant. The wood fired pizza is delicious and fresh with fantastic dough and while I am nowhere up on the nuances of the regional pizzas it appeared and tasted like a Neapolitan style of pizza. I know Palermo and Napoli are at opposite ends of Italy so I am sure there is some differences I am unaware of.
While we ate antipasto, pizza and desserts there is so much to choose from. Their pasta selections alone are my number one reason for returning – I need that Four Cheese Gnocchi in my belly!!
WHAT WE ATE:
Entrees and Main:
The venue hosted us for our meal so created platters for the entree and the dessert. You can ask the venue to make the same and they will happily oblige. The mixed entree platter was an antipasto platter from the gods. Fruits, meats, olives, arancini, polenta chips, crocchette and cheese – I could live on these platters. With my glass of red I was in HEAVEN!! Important FYI: They have a full bar but also offered BYO wine – something I will definitely remember for next time – their food demands red wine.
Our main was the Pizza ai frutti di mare – translated to seafood pizza. San Marzano tomato, garlic, prawns, fresh calamari, mussels, parsley, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. It’s a visual splendour and instagram photo porn at its best. I enjoyed it as a seafood dish but as a pizza it was an effort to eat. The mussels were marvellous and everything tasted fantastic but we were disappointed we had to peel prawns. I know this makes it more authentic but I don’t want to work for my meal. My guest just had her nails all done so I got double peel duties. They tasted great when peeled but I wouldn’t order this one again. I would inhale all the rest because my oh my they sound divine!
Our dolci, aka dessert, was another platter combining a few of the desserts. We inhaled a Panna Cotta, a Torta Caparese and a Tiramisu. They were all insane. There was a lot of Nutella drizzle so I basically licked the board clean. The Panna Cotta oddly one for me out of the three but only by a small margin.
I loved our visit to Mama Rosy’s and I am really looking forward to attending again. Modern Italian Palermo-styled food heavily influenced by tradition and the best person in the family, the mama.
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 2/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 0/1 bonus
Mama Rosy’s Deets:
PH: 02 7900 3668
496 King Street, Newtown, NSW, 2042
HOURS: Tue – Thur 5pm – 11pm | Fri – Sun 12pm – 11pm
BAR: Licensed bar and BYO Wine
LOCAL DELIVERY: Yes
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment and/or any PR agencies representing them. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.