Carb-load on delicious pizza and traditional, homemade pastas at Borruso’s in Sydney’s Lower North Shore. With some of the friendliest service around and a commitment to giving back to charity, this is one local business to visit stat!
Nestled on Willoughby Road amongst a plethora of restaurants and cafes, Borruso’s greets us with the toasty, delicious aroma of freshly cooked pizza. Inside, it’s dim with a full bar and ample seating for families and large groups. On the menu, you’ll find a range of traditional pizzas and pastas, alongside some more unique offerings and a separate vegan menu containing a certain burnt butter gnocchi that I’m going to have to return for.
Baked Haloumi & Panini ($13.90)
If there’s haloumi on the menu, you bet I’ll be ordering it! Soft, warm and golden, the haloumi was perfectly complimented by a touch of sweet honey and chopped almonds. Although I didn’t think the toasted panini needed to be there, it provided the perfect vessel later on for scooping up leftover pasta sauce.
Garlic Prawns ($14.90)
Who knew these little crustaceans could steal the limelight where pizza and pasta reign supreme? Served butterflied in the shell, the juicy prawns were sizzling hot in the pan as they arrived at the table. Swimming in a delicious sauce full of butter and garlic, the flavours were brightened by a squeeze of lemon and a scattering of fresh herbs.
‘Diavolo’ Pasta with extra virgin olive oil and napoletana sauce with hot salami, capsicum, sundried tomato and chilli ($20.90)
There’s nothing quite as comforting as a big bowl of pasta in rich tomato sauce and Borruso’s certainly delivered in this department. We enjoyed perfectly al dente penne coated evenly in a beautiful napoletana sauce with added dimension from spicy salami, capsicum, sundried tomato and chilli.
‘Ferrara’ Pizza with bocconcini, fresh tomato, tomato jam and basil ($19.90)
It’s always a welcome sight to see more than one leaf of basil on a pizza which names the herb in it’s ingredients list. As a classic accompaniment to fresh tomatoes, I enjoyed actually being able to detect the beautiful aroma and flavour, which added an element of freshness to this pizza. On a thin, slightly charred base with crunchy crusts, the rich tomato flavour danced with sweet tomato jam and melted bocconcini cheese — a crowd-pleaser for sure!
Apple & Berry Crumble with Vanilla Ice-Cream & Caramel Sauce
To finish (because there’s always room for dessert), we chose the apple and berry crumble. Served fresh out of the oven with bubbling caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, the generous slab of warm, buttery crumble was an incredible finish to our meal! Highly recommended!
At Borruso’s, you can expect beautiful, homestyle Italian fare coupled with friendly, smiling service. I wholeheartedly support this local business and recommend that you visit them not only for their fabulous food but also to support their socially conscious culture, which adds $1 to every single bill to support the Eniwe Children’s Fund in Southern Africa. And, when you do visit, I’d highly recommend the garlic prawns and the apple and berry crumble for dessert!
A big thank you to Borruso’s, to Katie and the front of house team for looking after us and to Jason from Spooning Australia for organising the visit! Eats with Marie dined as a guest of Borruso’s. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
Borruso’s Crows Nest
83 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest NSW 2065
(02) 9966 8650
Let’s connect! For the love of all things food, follow me on Instagram @eatswithmarie