In Short: Entrata Restaurant and Bar is your Italian home-away-from-home. Outstanding traditional fare, with a modern influence, come here for an inviting and warm experience. Don’t leave though without having tried the Gnudi di Ricotta!
Authentic Italian Food Entrata Glenhaven Sydney Australia
Italian and food are, and I think forever will be, synonymous terms. Anyone who has ever travelled to the little ‘boot’ in the middle of Europe often talks, with gusto, as much about the ancient ruins, history, and fashion, as they do about their amazing food experiences, whether it be the typical pasta, pizza, or gelato. And, it’s usually the off-the-beaten track, tucked in a seaside town or side alleyway, that are delivering those lifetime foodie memories. True Italian cuisine, however, is far more varied than just it’s stereotypical, highly recognised dishes, and Entrata Restaurant & Bar showcases that variety in an authentic, and simply delicious, way.
In the surrounds of Glenhaven, nestled in one of the very few remaining treescapes as the north-west explodes with developments and families, Entrata sits inside what, on the outside, resembles an old, rustic farmhouse. I feel like I’ve been here before, as we pull into the gravelled driveway, waterfall in the centre, and walk through the ‘entrata’. I’m filled with nostalgia, remembering many Italian meals throughout my life, whether they be in Italy or Australia, where we’ve shared laughter and stories in a family-run, trattoria-style restaurant. The slate floors, the fully stocked bar, wine racks, the clang of dishes, the smell of ‘sugo’ from the kitchen, and most importantly a warm welcome from the owners inviting us in to share in the best way Italians express their love, by cooking you a meal.
OK, I’ll stop the trips down memory lane and get to the point of why we’re here! The delightful and warm Isabella Pagano hosts us, and as has become the custom with the Coco & Vine team, we leave our selections in the hands of the experts. Why? Because we are NEVER disappointed! And Isabella, continues that tradition, straight off the bat, when we’re first presented with the Gnudi di Ricotta. Now, patience is not one of my virtues, especially when it comes to food. Hey, don’t judge! I’m Italian and come from a family of 7, you ate fast or you missed out! However, to get our amazing photos and video, I must fight my DNA and let the boys work their magic (I’m just the ‘professional’ stunt eater, after all). When I can finally put a portion in my mouth, oh my! These pillowey-soft ricotta dumplings just melt away in your mouth with a robustness of flavours from the three cheese mix, paired with basil butter, caramelised cherry tomato, silver beet creme, and ricotta salata. Absolute heaven!
Next up we try the Spaghetti con Aragosta which is simple, fresh and lets the highlight of this dish, the bay lobster play front and centre. Generous chunks are dispersed throughout, succulent and cooked to perfection, while the al-dente pasta provides texture. The special delight of this dish is the citrus almond pesto and lobster bisque that marinates every strand.
Every time I see lamb on a menu, I think of my Nonna, as lamb chops are one of her favourite things to eat. I know she would absolutely love the herb-crusted rack of lamb that is the Carre di Agnello. Served medium rare, with roasted potatoes, and a vegtable stack of beautifully grilled eggplant, zucchini, tomato, and a delicious red wine reduction, the whole team were chewing the meat right to the bone!
We will never argue with the concept that a meal isn’t complete without dessert and again, the boys truly tested my patience, making me wait to heap a spoonful of the Chef Panna Cotta. Chef varies the flavours of this dessert on a regular basis, and on this visit we get to try his vanilla and strawberry creation. Served with a delicate strawberry candied sugar, fresh raspberries, and edible flowers the panna cotta is rich and creamy, while not overly sweet.
As in any Italian household, everyone is welcome at Entrata, as we watch the restaurant fill up with couples, friends, and families…even the local wildlife (and a fiesty little lizard affectionately named Rusty), make themselves at home here. This is a wonderful family-owned restaurant, showcasing the best of their heritage, with a commitment to local providores and farmers. Forza ragazzi! Come and experience a lazy afternoon or evening here as soon as you can.