So I’ve been hooked by the Pokemon Go craze. Days and nights are spent trawling the streets in search of Pokestops and the elusive Snorlax. Why must you elude me Snorlax??? Anywhos over the weekend I was wandering around Surry Hills with Noods trailing behind when he begged for mercy and asked for sustenance. We happened to be outside Mille Vini and saw their lunch special of a house antipasti plate with a pasta of your choice for $29. Mille Vini means a thousand wines in Italian and there’s some great wines available by the glass but sadly I have been doing Dry July so had to stick with Coke 😛
The antipasti plate comes with 2 items from their entree menu- a crunchalicious whitebait fritter with chilli, a squeeze of lime and a slick of squid ink aioli.
And also a slice of toasted sourdough with olive tapenade, a juicy mushroom ragu, crumbled fetta and sprigs of baby herbs.
I couldn’t resist also ordering the Duck Liver Parfait served with macerated strawberries, black pepper and toasted bread ($16).
For our pastas, Noods chooses Our famous duck ragu w pappardelle (normally $29). It is everything he loves in a tomato based pasta- it’s rich, comforting and deliciously saucy. The ribbons of pappardelle easily soaks up the sauce and curls up against the morsels of duck ragu.
I choose the Rabbit Ragu with pumpkin gnocchi (normally $30) and fall head over heels in love. The gnocchi is fluffy and light, the rabbit ragu is tender and there’s a scattering of macadamia crumble that gave the dish some welcome crunch. It’s creamy thanks to the addition of mascarpone, with the preserved lemon cutting through the richness.
We were too full to try the desserts so I’ll definitely make another stop after another one of my Pokemon walks 😛 Mille Vini has specials throughout the week like the all you can eat pasta on Mondays for $20 or half price antipasti on Thursdays so this place is def a winner with the locals!
397 Crown Street,
Mon – Wed: 5pm – 10pm
Thurs: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – midnight
Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm