Be a tourist at home - Five Dock - Little Italy will be another tour for the taste buds. We were a convoy ... tour leader Jenny Brockie, food explorer Tina Brand - Izzyhaveyoueaten.com and hungry photographer. We drove through Liechardt hovered briefly in Haberfield but Jenny landed us in the real Italy ... Five Dock.
This could almost be the tale of two couples Peter and Rosaria Raineri of Raineri's Continental Delicatessen are an institution. I'd like to see anyone walk in there and walk out empty handed. Taste testing is all part of the delight and play, generous piles of cheese and prosciutto - really enough for lunch ... you must go hungry people!
Five Dock's main street Great Northern Road is lined by cafes and a small mix of Asian and Italian eateries. It has five butchers, Jenny Brockie recommended Caminti Butchery and their sausages are sensational. When I mentioned to the butcher that five butchers in one high street was pretty amazing he said, oh there used to be seven, its good, we all look after our own people.
Hmmm Newtown's last butcher was turned into a bar three years ago.
Like the nearby suburbs of Haberfield and Leichhardt, Five Dock has a large population of Italian immigrants. Five Dock Public School has had an Italian language teaching program since 1981 and there are local private language schools offering Italian classes. In addition, Five Dock has an annual street festival called Ferragosto, based on the traditional Italian festival of the same name.
The festival should have been this coming weekend, Covid interuptus means we'll have to wait till 2021.
The second couple in this food tale of Five Dock are newlyweds Mario and Simoné Izzo who have just taken over Tamborrino Pasticceria. You must go to izzyhaveyoueaten.com to find out more about the food. But local Italians will tell you this is the best, and if queues are any indicator you'll be waiting a while.
Tina suggested we share a Aragosta or lobster tail, a brittle pastry filled with Chantilly cream. SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!
I took an array of Mignons home - tiny pasties - for Slim to try - so unkind.
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