Cicchetteria at Cicchetti

Shop 2G01 Capri on Via Roma, 15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri Ph: 07 5526 8868

Cicchetti’s opening was one of the most anticipated restaurant events of the year, not so much for the event itself as for the excellence it would inject into the dining scene. Marco De Vincentiis, Luca Giacomin and Enrico Semenzato bring to their new venture years of restaurant ownership and management (including the multi-awarded Cicchetti Byron Bay), impeccable service and Michelin star earning culinary prowess.

The venue, which formerly housed Ollie & Luca, has been completely redesigned to achieve an elegant masculine space. Beautiful by day and sparkling by night, for the first time on the coast, there’s another dining option: cicchetteria.

‘Cicchetteria’, or Venetian tapas, is a popular tradition with Venetians on Saturday mornings. At Cicchetti, these appetisers are served from 3.30pm – 5.30pm from Friday to Sunday afternoons.

The cicchetteria menu ($5.50 – $20 per dish) includes Oysters, Marinated olives, Focaccia, Prosciutto di parma, as well as a Salami and cheese board. With a Spritz in hand (Aperol with Prosecco and a dash of soda), we enjoy a couple of dishes: Porchetta (Byron Bay pork shoulder roast) traditionally prepared, served thinly sliced with ginger and capsicum jam and home-made grissini and the most amazing Bresaola – a juniper berry cured beef loin handcrafted in the hills of Byron, served with truffled parmigiana and rocket. Together with the Baccala, it’s my dish of the day. Two or three dishes would be enough to share as a light meal for two, but the inclination’s to stay, enjoy a few drinks such as Negronis or Americanos… or choose from the award worthy wine list.

We could easily envisage catching up over drinks on the way home from work, or making use of that ‘lost’ time on a Sunday afternoon when the chilly shadows of the working week are about to descend. Cicchetti is a perfect space for a relaxed intimate time with your partner in sophisticated dining comfort, or a casual alfresco catch up drink with friends.

Marj Osborne

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