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No, I Briganti is not the down-at-heel travelogue and love poem to Italian cuisine that Isaac Asimov never wrote but wished he had. It is rather a living, breathing Sydney Italian restaurant and authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in the heart of lucky Randwick. And, at the heart of I Briganti beats two things, the passion for southern Italian food and culture kept alight in the soul of proprietor Dario Stocchetti, and a proper wood-fired pizza oven manned by trained pizzaioli. You can find both of them stoking the fires along Avoca Street near the intersection with Alison Road.
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The food is great. Highly recommend the gnocchi. Have also had the pizzas, bolognese and calzone on other occasions and they were all fantastic! Haven't had a meal yet that wasn't good.
This was my fourth time dinning at I Briganti for this year and I aspect to return next year for many more time with client and guest to impress them with real quality ,fresh food from the south of Italy , the menu is always changing so there is plenty of variety , the pizzas are some of the best I have tried in Sydney. the host Dario is very attended to your needs, and the staff rely go out of there way to make you fill that you are served to your satisfaction
The cuisine was very good, the wine excellent and the staff friendly and helpful even though it was a busy night. This was my second visit.
Dario Stochetti (or il brigante, or the brigand to those who know him and his Italian restaurant well), is mad for Mediterranean food, and southern Italian food in particular. Everyone knows that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world – you just have to look at the grinning, pipe-smoking, mountain-hiking centenarian Sardinians to understand this – and a select few have a deep emotional attachment to the cornucopia of dishes that are cultural landmarks in the various regions of the hallowed Italian peninsula. The team at Il Brigante know this, and are eager to impress this passion upon diners and pizza-fans at their Avoca Street premises in Sydney’s Randwick.
Focusing on southern Italian food means the menu at Il Brigante is characterised by bold flavours – sharp cheeses, hot chilli – building on a foundation of carby staples such as breads and pasta. Seeds and beans also feature prominently, often forming the backbone to soups of a style that can also be found across the Mediterranean in North Africa. Cooked with robust olive oils and matched with full-bodied wines produced from grapes scorched by the hot southern sun and grown in tough volcanic soils, a meal of the sort enjoyed by diners at this Sydney Italian restaurant is a hot-headed affair. Reserve a table at Il Brigante’s Avoca Street premises in Randwick and taste for yourself how the sun-kissed culture of southern Italy translates into food-form.