The folk from A Tavola know their pasta and do it well, and they’ve expanded the family with the opening of Flour Eggs Water at the recently redeveloped Tramsheds precinct. It’s a long narrow space where you can sit at a bench or on a communal table, and where you’ll be warmly welcomed by the staff, as I was on both my visits. It isn’t an overly long menu, but one that changes regularly depending on what’s seasonal, and you’ll recognise a few favourites from the original A Tavola in Darlinghurst. The menu is a little bit of a meander through Italy, as you’ll see a bit of Sicily, a bit of Sardinia, and some Calabria and Piedmonte thrown in for good measure.
Start off with some beautiful San Daniele prosciutto and a hunk of buffalo mozzarella. It was gone in seconds. They also give you some house focaccia which is so light and airy, but we ate it too quickly to take a picture of it!
We tried the cuttlefish with fregola and pane carasau (there’s your Sardinia) with watermelon and mint. The latter ingredients added beautiful freshness and the cuttlefish was well cooked, but I did find the dish a little dry, it needed more of a dressing.
On the other hand the beef tartare is a bit too saucy and acidic and the beef is a bit lost. Excellent crunchy slivers of bread served with it though.
But then the pasta arrives and shines. Even Mamma Rosa gives it a tick of approval, so it must be good.
The malloreddus with pork and porcini is fragrant and rich and just gorgeous. It’s a very generous serve too.
Vegetarians will be absolutely delighted with the agnolotti dal plin (there’s your Piedmonte), with eggplant, scamorza, ricotta, salata. The problem is it is so delicious the non vegetarians will want to steal it.
Crab fans will enjoy the mezzelune with crab, ricotta and asparagus. They come in a bit of a bisque. One of my sorelle finds it a bit too fishy but I enjoy it.
I also rate the chittara al nero di sepia with prawns, basil and pistachio (hello Sicily). Chittara means “guitar”, the pasta being so named as it is traditionally made using a tool with strings, like a guitar. Lovely flavour combination, must try and make this at home.
The pappardelle with lamb is one of their signatures. The pasta is silky smooth. I do like lamb, but not in ragu form, so this wasn’t a favourite for me.
Accompany your pasta with a refreshing salad. Loved the red cabbage salad with raisins and walnuts.
Otherwise there’s radicchio with witlof with fennel, orange mint and lemon.
If you have room for dessert, there’s a few A Tavola favourites.
There’s the tiramisu, which in taste reminds me very much of my version.
Or the cremino al cioccolato (from the original Darlinghurst venue), which looks like a cappuccino but isn’t.
If you’re too full but just want a little sweet, try a cannolo. It’s pretty good with a crunchy casing, but there are others that I prefer.
Overall, its a lovely spot for a casual Italian meal, one you can easily drift to regularly. Tutti a tavola!
Flour, Eggs, Water, Tramsheds Harold Park
Ph (02) 9188 7438