Il Girarrosto is the latest venture of Luigi Esposito, the founder of Via Napoli. But where Via Napoli is all about the carbs, Girarrosto – the Italian word for rotisserie – is all about the protein. In fact, other than a few bruschetta type entrees, you’ll find very little in the way of carbs on the menu. Vegacquarians like my Marito are catered for, with a nice offering of seafood, but pure vegetarians might struggle a little.
There is also a nice offering of cheeses and charcuterie.
The rotisseries themselves are impressive, slowly roasting beef, chicken, lamb and quail.
Large cuts of meat and the various seafood are cooked on grill plates at the fire.
I was a fan of the king prawns, on a bed of cherry tomatoes and some fresh chopped chilli.
The Marito preferred the baby octopus.
Whole snapper was nicely done, though the stuffing inside was a touch too salty.
Our little carnivores on the other hand, polished off a 1kg rib eye which was a special on offer that night. It was medium rare, smoky, and tasty. I also liked the rosemary potatoes.
The salad dressing needs some refining, I found it a bit oily and lacking flavour.
Given meat and seafood, don’t expect the same cheap and cheerful pricing you’ll get at Via Napoli – and that’s the point as Luigi does want to bring something different to the table.
Il Girarrosto, 60 Gladesville Road Hunters Hill