Balla's modern italian restaurant
The glass windows at Balla’s provide a beautiful water view for diners, perfect for a scenic Sunday lunch with the warm sun lighting the open restaurant. The roof and pillars mimicked an artistic tile display to admire.
The broad range from pastas, right through to meats, vegetables and the seafood selection makes for a generous menu. Stefano Manfredi, the owner, oversees the planting of 500 square meters of garden beds that supply approximately 15% of the restaurants produce.
Upon opening up the menu, I was greeted by a welcoming and reassuring quote that I had come to a true Italian establishment. The dishes were interesting and the cuisine abled me to jump out of my comfort zone. I loved the idea of using an iPad to scroll through their vast library of refined wines and I also found that the wait staff were pleasant; service was always done with a genuine smile.
Yummy Times' Recommended Dishes
Potato gnocchi with veal ragu and Montasio cheese
The entrée arrived with a light and tender gnocchi tossed with the veal ragu. The ragu provided a generously seasoned taste to the dish and was evidently slow cooked for hours, showcasing the time and love invested.
Risotto with scampi, asparagus and stracciatella cheese
Gluey or clumpy did not enter my mind when first met with the risotto. I valued its rich and creamy consistency, the freshness of the asparagus and the creamy and dangerously oozing cheese.
Balla's Modern Italian Restaurant
Location: Level G, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009