Totti’s is the latest offering from Merivale with Mike Eggert (Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco, Pinbone) and Khan Danis (Rockpool) at the helm in the kitchen. It’s taken our group quite a while to finally make it out Bondi way and after weeks of drooling at the menu we’re keen to eat absolutely everything.
Totti’s is hidden inside the Royal Hotel, make your way to the left past the bar and the bathrooms to find a beautiful rustic space. Inside, there’s views of the pizza oven and charcuterie slicing section but try and get a table in the light drenched courtyard with an olive tree at the center.
We start with the Wood-fired bread ($10) which arrives all puffed up with blistered pockets, a touch of olive oil and salt. The texture is incredible, like a super light and airy pizza crust.
We watch as the Salami ($8) is sliced to order and lightly drizzled with olive oil and greedily dig in.
We alternate mouthfuls of the salami with torn off bread to scoop up the Chicken liver parfait ($8). The parfait is rich, ridiculously smooth and creamy and caused me great anguish at having to share 😛
The pastas are all house-made and hand-rolled and the Prawn casarecce ($29) was hands down our favourite of the night! There was quartered prawns scattered throughout and while I would’ve preferred them whole, the intensely prawn-y sauce more than made up for this. The twisty casarecce pasta was perfect to soak up all the sauce, and I seriously considered ordering some more of the wood fired bread to mop up the leftover sauce.
I could eat the Rigatoni, milk-braised pork & chilli ($28) forever. The pasta has the perfect toothiness and shape to hold the pork nubbins and the lil hit of chilli and shower of parmesan has me sneakily scraping the plate for more than my share.
The Lamb ragu with pappardelle ($29) was a touch on the sweet side but the lamb is melt in your mouth tender and the silky ribbons of pasta perfectly al dente.
The Corn polenta & chilli ($9) is hugely comforting, like a warm hug. You all know my love for juicy corn so this was incredibly satisfying and the chilli amped up the flavour and kept this dish from being stodgy.
We decide to split the Tiramisu ($12) to share and it arrives looking promising- a generous scoop with a dusting of cocoa powder and what looks to be a good ratio of cream, mascarpone and moist coffee ladys finger layers. Buuuut I detect amaretto and that is my most hated flavour in all the lands (followed by celery). Also surprisingly there’s bits of almonds hidden under the cocoa powder, indistinguishable from the chocolate buds and I dunno mebbe it’s just me but I don’t like crunchy bits in tiramisu especially with my second most hated nut after the Brazil nut. Next time I’m gonna get the housemade strawberry ice cream sandwich!
283 Bondi Rd,
Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 10pm
Sun: 11.30am – 9pm