Emma – Pizzeria con cucina • Rome (restaurant review)

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Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.
Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.

In September this year, I had the opportunity to make a long-time-dream come true: Hubby and I packed our bags to spend a 3.5-week long holiday travelling around Europe!
Obviously, I’ll publish here all places I eat and visited, so stay tuned. :D.

Our first stop in Europe was Italy, more specifically in Rome.

Of course, our food choice to kick-off our holidays was pizza!
Emma pizzeria was super close to our accommodation and had amazing reviews online, which sounded like a good option.

Lucky us! This place was wonderful, giving us an awesome start and a good idea of what was coming next. 😁

My order

Romanian pizza was one of the items I had long-added to my foods-to-try list.

I really wanted to check what the famous crunchy and super thin pizza disc was all about. So we decided to order:

  • Mine: Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
  • Hubby: Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Quattro stagioni - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Margherita Red Cow - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).

Indeed, the crust was super thin and crunchy, and also super yum!

And what about the flavour, you may be asking!?

Mine was good but nothing special…

However, Hubby’s choice was SPOT-ON.

Oh my, that red cow parmesan was simply out of this world!

It was so remarkable, so punchy, totally putting this Margherita pizza on another level…
Seriously, you need to try this.

The verdict

It’s a great restaurant, with many other dishes available and a good variety of pizza flavours.
Staff is polite and friendly, no issues ordering things in English as well. I loved their service.

I wouldn’t say you should visit Rome only to try this restaurant, but if you happen to be around and keen to have an authentic Romanian pizza, make sure to order a Margherita Red Cow pizza!
That’s a true winner! 🏆

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/jiFg6DnGCfu

More information: www.emmapizzeria.com


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Rome.

Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar | Sutherland

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Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar is one of my favourite local spots in the Sutherland Shire. I simply love their dishes, always packed with flavour and with an amazing presentation. They remind me a lot those family-owned restaurants I visited in Tokyo and Kyoto.

They serve a huge range of traditional Japanese dishes, such as ramen, udon and rice bowls. All equally delicious. Interestingly enough, aside from serving all this traditional Japanese goodness, they are very creative and open minded. A few months ago they decided to provide a new noodle option to their customers: shirataki.

In case your are not familiar, shirataki noodles are gluten-free and super low carb noodles, with less than 2 grams of carbs per 100g. Amazing, don’t you think? Of course, I had to try it out.

My order

I’ve decided to try my ramen with shirataki noodles and Hubby got a traditional Udon.

  • Mine: Tonkotsu ramen – pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
  • Hubby: Kara-age Chicken Udon – served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
  • Side of pork gyoza to share
Tonkotsu ramen: pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
Tonkotsu ramen: pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
Kara-age Chicken Udon: served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
Kara-age Chicken Udon: served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
Pork gyoza
Pork gyoza

I don’t know about you, but I simply LOVE ❤️ Ramen. I’m crazy about the broth, and honestly don’t care much about the noodle. Actually, I often feel it is too much, and I end up leaving some in the bowl so I have enough space for the broth.

Having said that, shirataki noodles were perfect! They are super light, don’t add any different or unauthentic flavour to the dish, and I finally managed to eat a whole bowl of yummy ramen. 🙂

Regarding Hubby’s Udon, he loved it. The broth was perfect, noodles firm enough and the fried chicken to die for. About the gyozas, perfectly sized portion and incredibly delicious.

If you happen to live in the Shire, or maybe just touristing around, this place definitely deserves your visit!
Totally recommended:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar
4/720 Old Princes Hwy, Sutherland NSW 2232
More information: www.facebook.com/KuronekoRamen

Eddie’s Lebanese Eatery | Mortdale | Restaurant review

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Middle-Eastern is one of my favourite cuisines.

I simply love all their flavours, aromas, and textures.
I feel like every dish has something special, like a cosy feeling that hugs you after each bite.

So that was my overall feeling while having such an amazing lunch at Eddie’s Lebanese Eatery, in Mortdale, south of Sydney.

Authentic Lebanese food, packed with flavour, and almost impossible to stop eating.

My order

When the subject is Middle-Eastern food, I can honestly say hubby and I are a bit greedy. 😝

That is why we decided, at the occasion, to order a platter and a dish to share.
Our choices were:

  • Vegetarian mixed platter: hommous, baba ganoush, tabouli, falafel, chargrilled eggplant, cheese sambousik and spinach triangle.
  • Shawarma: silvers of beef marinated with onion, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mixed herbs and spices, served with tahini sauce and rice.
Vegetarian mixed platter: hommous, baba ganoush, tabouli, falafel, chargrilled eggplant, cheese sambousik and spinach triangle.
Vegetarian mixed platter: hommous, baba ganoush, tabouli, falafel, chargrilled eggplant, cheese sambousik and spinach triangle.
Shawarma: silvers of beef marinated with onion, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mixed herbs and spices, served with tahini sauce.
Shawarma: silvers of beef marinated with onion, tomato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mixed herbs and spices, served with tahini sauce.

Every single element in those two dishes was outstanding!
As the MasterChef judges like to say: “cooked to perfection!

I believe it was the best baba ganoush I’ve ever had; falafel was moist inside and super crunchy on the outside.

Something new for me was the two pastries served in the mixed platter (one filled with cheese and the other with spinach), which were, as you imagine, simply delicious.

Another great surprise was the Shawarma dish.

I was expecting that kind of meat you get from a spit, but this one was more like slowly cooked meat.
Super moist, falling apart, well-seasoned and yum!

Eddie’s Lebanese Eatery
35 Morts Rd, Mortdale NSW 2223
More information: www.eddieslebaneseeatery.com.au

Sammy’s Restaurant | Gymea

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In case you happen to be goofing around the Sutherland Shire, you can’t miss the opportunity to have a fantastic Lebanese meal at the Sammy’s restaurant in Gymea.

Their dishes are huge, super cost effective and the most important part, DELICIOUS!

In their menu you will find traditional Middle Eastern dishes (not only Lebanese), charcoal chicken (a very popular choice amongst the locals for takeaway), and burgers.

I always stick with the Lebanese part of the menu, much nicer and yummy. 😋

My order

There are plenty of options for all tastes but what I liked the most is their options of mixed platters, and of course, that’s what we ordered:

  • Small mixed platter: 2 chicken breast skewers, 2 lamb skewers, 2 kafta skewers served with green salad (tabouli is usually included, but we asked to replace it with a salad), 4 falafels, hommous, baba ghanouj, garlic dip, and mixed pickles.
Chicken breast, lamb, kafta skewers.
Chicken breast, lamb, kafta skewers.
Falafels.
Falafels.
Hommous and baba ghanouj.
Hommous and baba ghanouj.
Green salad.
Green salad.

As you can see from the mouth-watering photos above, that is plenty of food for two people! (and only $36, as of July 2017)

We definitely ate more than we had originally planned; I can say I left the place heavier but also happier!
Win-win, right? 😝

That is normally the kind of feeling you only have after a Sunday lunch at your grandma’s. 🙂

The place is also BYO, but they charge a small corkage fee of $2 per person.

Sammy’s Restaurant
65 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea – 2227 – Sydney, NSW
More information: www.sammysgymea.com.au

Burger Project | Sydney CBD

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On a lazy and chilly Friday night, hubby and I decided we should have a burger. We were around the CBD area in Sydney that evening and the Burger Project seemed a good option. I had been there before and liked, so why not confirming the expectations?

There are many different burgers, and guess what, any of them you can have without the bun! Yep, they wrap it on a lettuce leaf for you. Perfect for those avoiding wheat/gluten or following a low carb diet.

I might say that eating a burger like this is not an easy task. I’ve tried, trust me. So I suggest you use the fork and knife kindly provided by the restaurant. A mess-free experience guaranteed. 🙂

My order

When the subject is a burger, I like to play safe, which means I normally go for the classic options. That night our order was:

  • Mine: double burger – 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
  • Hubby: the same, but with the bun (no photos because he ate too fast 😜).
Double burger, close up.
Double burger, close up.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.
Double: 2x grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce.

The burger is super tasty and price-wise very appealing. As I said before, eating with the lettuce wrap is not an easy task, unless you are a ninja. 🙂

About the secret sauce, it is indeed very secret. Couldn’t find any information on their website, and their employees had no idea what was in it. So if you are very strict with your diet (especially with sugar) I would recommend skipping it, just to err on the side of the caution a bit, you know.

Burger Project
MLC Centre – Lower Ground Floor, Shop 6.22
19 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000 (multiple addresses available)
More information: www.burgerproject.com