Grappa Ristorante e Bar
1/267-277 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW
02 9560 6090
Grappa is a symbol for the Italian lifestyle – enjoying good food and drink with family and friends. Made from distilling the grape by-products of winemaking, it’s also a reminder of Italian cuisine’s pride in produce. These philosophies are on show at Leichhardt’s Grappa Ristorante e Bar, an Italian eatery with a buzzing atmosphere where high-quality ingredients are the star.
The Grappa story begins with Antonio Colosi, who emigrated from Calabria in southern Italy. His trade was wine importing, but his passion for hospitality prevailed and he soon opened his own restaurant, Grappa, to bring a taste of his homeland to Sydney. Today his son, Charlie Colosi, runs the business, carrying on the traditions of great food and hospitality.
Adam Nicholls oversees the kitchen, where Italian culinary tradition is combined with Australian fresh produce to create delicious fare that combines the best of both cultures.
Seafood, meat and vegetables are sourced from Australian producers and herbs come freshly picked from the restaurant’s own gardens. Salami, calabrese sausage and artisanal smallgoods come from Western Sydney’s Italian butchers, who pride themselves on their traditional methods.
While Australian produce shines on the menu, the San Daniele prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and burrata, as well as additional cheeses and wines, are as authentic as they come, flown in weekly from Italy. Grappa’s pastas, breads, gelato and sorbets are all made in-house using age-old family recipes.
Start your dining experience with the salumi plate – snack on De Palma capocollo, Shiro Kin full blood Wagyu bresaola, San Daniele prosciutto, ’nduja calabrese, and house-made pickles, before moving onto the famous zucchini flowers stuffed with four cheeses, or perhaps the fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto, served with warm gorgonzola, pistachios and a balsamic reduction.
For something a little larger, opt for house-made pasta, such as the caramelle, filled with pumpkin, amaretti and parmigiano, topped with brown butter and sage; or the bechamel raviolini, with beef cheek ragu, parmesan and basil. Pizzas come fresh from the wood-fired oven, bearing San Marzano tomatoes and toppings such as calabrese sausages and chicory.
Be sure to save room for the signature dishes that keep diners coming back time after time: the rock salt-encrusted snapper with lemon and salmoriglio, the yellowfin tuna carpaccio and the Cape Grim grass-fed beef fillet.
Finish with a house-made gelato, or an indulgent dark chocolate mousse with popcorn clusters and salted caramel gelato, accompanied, of course, by a glass of grappa. Pair your meal with a local wine or an imported specialty, or choose from the selection of Italian beers and spirits – the staff will be happy to help you find the perfect tipple.
The lively atmosphere at Grappa is completed by the casual elegance of the design – a Jarrah bar, timber floors and white tablecloths exude a timeless quality as the waiters make each guest feel like part of the family. Groups of family and friends sit alongside couples as pizzas, pastas and wine cover each table with a bounty of fresh Italian fare. A meal at Grappa will make you feel immersed in the Italian lifestyle, if only for an hour or two.