Pino’s has been around since 1973 so I guess, this Italian restaurant must be doing it right.  They reckon it’s because they make pasta and sauces are made fresh on the premises.  Tonight I’m at a work function and we’ve gone for a very generous 3 course set menu.

Not surprisingly we start with the antipasto plate, the prosciutto is worth a mention, it’s thin and full of flavour and the eggplant is crunchy, different to what I’m used to.

What follows is a generous supply of pasta and pizza.  Spaghetti bolognese was honest, hearty and tasty.

Rigatoni pasta with “house made” pesto: very rich and very tasty.

Fettuccine Capriciosa was probably my favourite dish of the evening. It’s a seafood affair with king prawns, calamari, clams in a creamy tomato paste that was laced with garlic and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

We were also spoilt for choice with a selection of meat and vegetarian pizzas.  The pizzas were thin and tasty, but by this stage, my stomach had had enough.  Even the very fresh Italian mixed salad couldn’t cut the richness by this stage.

Italian food is all about generosity, richness, bright colours and strong flavours.  It’s about the joy of eating and sharing with family and friends, an experience that is joyous and noisy.  Pino’s embodies all of that… and more.. I’m sooo full.

Pino’s Ristorante Pizzeria
49 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
(02) 9439 2081

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