Did you know that Italian food is 3rd highest ranked favourite cuisines worldwide?
Did you also know that you can get a delicious Italian feast outside of Leichhardt and harberfield?
Well, you sure can at Candelori's at Smithfield, the locals here swear by their authentic Italian fare here.
did someone say mozarella?
Asides the feast they had planned for us, they also had some local producers there showcasing their amazing and fresh produces. My favourite of the night? Cheese (buffalo mozarella to be exact) demonstration! These guys are brilliant and super quick handed in making these creamy gorgeous balls of delicousness!
olive and olive oil tasting
There were also olives and olive oil tasting. I'm not a fan of olives but i tried out the olive oils.
lean mean proscuitto machine!
There was also proscuitto sliced fresh in front of you. I had to move myself away from the area or I would of eaten all the prosciutto and cheese!
Buffalo Mozarella and prosciutto.
Oh yeah baby! Protein and calcium right there, my life (and diet) is complete.
full of hungry people waiting to be fed
Candelori's is a pretty big venue and even at full capacity, the place still had a lovely ambedience to it. The revamp has given it a modern and fresh touch.
The open kitchen
I love their open kitchen! wait, I love all open kitchens especially when you've got an amazing marble bench top! The chefs are super friendly too, more than willing to stop for a quick chat and photo.
the media and bloggers table
Us bloggers were seated with a lovely view of the kitchen, watching all the action. Oh yes!
We got to spy what food was coming out of the kitchen and those chefs hard at work.
Let's get to the food!
Crumbed stuffed green olives – filled with goats milk feta and snap fried.
First up are crumbed oilves, I didn't have any of these but were told by olive lovers that they were fantastic. I'll take their words for it.
Mixed Bruschetta – woodfire-roasted capsicums served on ciabatta bread, tomato, basil * garlic served on ciabatta bread.
Bruschetta is totally my thing. Crispy bread, woodfire roasted veges and fresh herbs, what's not to love?
Antipasto boards – San Daniele prosciutto, salama casareccia, wagyu brescola, Sicilian green olives, Sardinaian crisp bread and Parmigiano reggiano.
Did we need more cured meats and cheese? oh heck yes we did!
The brescola was so good, I may have eaten everyone's share.... oops!
Octopus Carpaccio - Water thin octopus marinated with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, dry chilli, parsley, baby capers and pomegranate seeds.
This was not one bit fishy and was super fresh packed with flavour, especially from the chilli.
Buffalo mozzarella caprese – served with truss tomato and finished with extra virgin olive oil.
yes more cheese! and tomatoes to balance it out.
Oven baked figs – San Danielle prosciutto, lightly baked and finished with gorgonzola sauce.
This was one of my favourites of the night. Think soft sweet figs baked in a cheese sauce and wrapped with prosciutto, how can you go wrong? seriously? The gorgonzola sauce was so good everyone was swiping the plate clean with the bread!
Zucchini flowers – filled with ricotta cheese and spinach then lightly fried.
The other favourite of the night, I have always loved zucchini flowers and when they are filled with cheese (yes, more cheese!) and deep fried, who can say no to such a beautiful creation?
Gamberi in tegame – Prawns with cherry tomatoes, extra virgin oil, garlic, parsely, pomodaro and chilli.
A lot of
cheese calcium later, it was time to get some seafood into our bellies, these prawns were served in a rich and tangy tomato sauce, I prefer my sauce to be less soupy but asides that, this dish was quite scrumptious!
Woodfired pizza magherita D.O.C – tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
How can one go to an Italian restaurant and not have pizza? Asimple cheese and tomato pizza is the best way to showcase the pizza crust in my opinion. This is exactly what Candelori's did. The base is thin and crispy with just the right amount of char, but I found the toppings to be a bit too wet and bland for my liking.
and our end of the table all missed the last pizza because we were too busy taking photos and
(taking over the photobooth) having some photobooth fun!
We take a break from
gorging eating and took some happy snaps!
I had an impending cold so I look horrible. (It looks like I could easily fit 1-2 pet goldfishes in those eye-bags.) See if you can spot the lovely you!
caramel love and Milkteaxx
Snapshots of food feat. Milkteaxx
"No one puts baby in the corner!"
We invite Suze to come join us on our end of the table but all the chairs were taken....That's why Suze retreated to her "nigel corner" It's ok Suze, we still love you!
We basically took over the photobooth in the bar area, we had so much fun snapping away and It was great to finally meet so many of you in person! I foresee a lot of food filled fun times ahead! (FYI, Fried chicken already happened, keep your eyes peeled for the impending post!)
Ok, back to the food! (yeah there was MORE food!)
Gnocchi with duck ragu – home made potato dumplings with slow pot braised duck ragu.
The last of the savoury dish was the gnocchi, whilst the flavour was there, I prefer my gnocchi to be more firm. This dish could also do with more of the duck ragu.
Mascarpone crepe with warm Belgian dark chocolate and crushed hazelnut.
And because we didn't have enough cheese in our savoury dishes, we had Marscapone filled crepes that were deliciously drowned in chocolate and nuts. Oh my, be still my heart! Sadly I was too full at this point to eat anymore and left half of this amazing dessert behind. *sad face*
If you are ever out west, do pop into Candelori's for some authentic Italian feasting.
You can view their menu at the website, they even have a smartphone app which allows you to earn points and free pizzas! Get tapping and earning!
Thanks once again to Wasamedia for the invite, I had a brilliant time and my stomach was well fed and happy! I will definitely be back in the near future to sample more of the menu.
Till next time,
Disclaimer: Milkteaxx attended Candelori's Relaunch Party courtesy of Wasamedia. Opinions are however her own.