Mama Colin is a name you need to know, a flamboyant owner of a Greek & Italian restaurant called, Belloccio Restaurant. Located on the vibrant street of Darlinghurst, Oxford St is known as one of Sydney’s most famous shopping strips, heritage terrace houses, cultural institutions and a sprawling entertainment destination for the LGBTQI community.
A good friend of mine, Deb Carr from Sydney Chic invited me for a big fat Easter dinner – let’s say I had to loosen my belt to fit in all the food that was on offer.
With the red carpet out front, every dining guest were treated like VIPs, because you know what, for a Monday night we deserved a reward. The venue will leave you feeling like you were dining at someone’s home and welcomed to a new family. A restaurant that encourages individuality, leaving your inhibitions at the door and adding an extra inch to your waist line.
On the table we were served with five courses:
* Antipasto platter for two with chargrilled zucchini mushrooms red peppers with provolone cheese and babaganoush and bread.
* Caramelised pear and walnuts salad with a Rockford cheese dressing.
For entree we had a simple twist on the classic Roman dish, Penne alla vodka. Deb had the Barramundi fillet with green beans in a Napoli sauce and I had the garlic prawns risotto with basil. Both dishes were hearty meals and the only thing that was missing was some bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
At this point of the evening, we needed to take a break and hydrate with a glass of wine to help digest the food. DJ was pumping out some great tunes in her glitter-sequins dress, the hot bunny host was busy chatting to everyone and the fabulous MC that is Miss Maxi-Shield. With a couple of photos taken, Colin (the owner) was in his element, chatting to everyone and seeing not only how the food was but how they were and introducing people to people with similar interest.
Desserts were on the way and and I wasn’t sure if I could eat anymore. I had a laugh with Colin and mentioned that at least it will melt between the gaps. We had the choice of the creamy hazelnut chocolate marshmallow mousse with whipped cream and chocolate or French vanilla creme with white chocolate meringue with berries and cream.
At the end of the night, the food was delightful and the staff at Belloccio Restaurant were friendly and took pride in their work.
Have you dined at Belloccio, share your stories below in the comments.