Freshly made pasta and traditional Italian plates in the heart of Newtown.
When you think “pasta in Newtown”, think La Favola; a casual little eatery on King Street, which focuses on fresh ingredients and authentic, no-fuss Italian flavours. Choose from six different pasta varieties, which are made fresh using egg yolks and semolina, then select a homemade sauce like the hearty ragu napoletano slow cooked with beef, roma tomatoes, red wine and mushrooms.
Although pasta is undoubtedly front and centre at this humble restaurant, you’d be misinformed to think that you should stop there. Expect a table full of classic, yet deliciously refined plates of antipasti, followed by an overdose of pasta and yes, there is always room for dessert.
Left to right: Aperol Spritz ($13) & Amaretto Sour (price unknown)
When preparing to eat your body weight in pasta, do as the Italians do and begin with an aperitivo! I love an Aperol spritz and this one was a perfect balance of sweetness, bitterness and fizz. The amaretto sour on the other hand was delightfully sweet with a fresh burst of lemon.
Roasted Figs wrapped in Proscuitto (price unknown)
If I had to choose one starter, this would probably be it! Warm roasted figs cocooned in San Daniele prosciutto with blue cheese jam, pecorino crisp and candied walnuts. The perfect marriage of sweet and salty flavours, with added texture, crunch and plenty of wow-factor.
Burrata with Grilled Eggplant (price unknown)
There’s something magical about splitting open a cloud of burrata – the smooth, creamy stracciatella mingling with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and soft herbs. La Favola’s version also features thin slices of eggplant, perfectly branded with grill marks and with enough bite to provide contrast to the soft cheese.
Black Angus Carpaccio ($20)
Hailed as the best starter on the menu by our lovely waiter, the black Angus carpaccio is a must-order for all you truffle lovers out there. Featuring fresh, paper-thin sheets of Angus beef scattered with crispy fried kale, a healthy dose of fragrant truffle oil and shavings of pecorino cheese – divine!
Marron Spaghetti with prawns (variation of Spaghetti dal Mare, which appears on the menu for $25.00)
Now, for the main event! A beautiful pasta dish showcasing perfectly al-dente spaghetti twirled with olive oil, white wine, garlic and a touch of chilli. Tossed throughout were delicious, tender morsels of prawn alongside delicately sweet and juicy marron served in the shell.
Summer Italian Meringue (price unknown)
When it came to the final course, I expected a classic tiramisu, or perhaps a cannoli (both of which are available on the menu). What I didn’t expect was this rainbow masterpiece, which wouldn’t look out of place on a fine dining menu. Miniature quenelles of vibrant raspberry and mango sorbet were perched atop an Italian biscuit crumb, together with fresh fruit and the tiniest (and cutest!) poached pears I’ve ever seen. The star of this dish, however, were those puffs of Italian meringue with a crisp outer crust and a delightfully sweet and chewy centre.
Move over limoncello, there’s a new digestivo in town! La Favola makes their own mandarinetto, an after dinner shot which packs a punch with its smooth, sweet citrus flavour. And, once it sits warm in your belly, rich aromatics of fresh mandarins come to the forefront – a delightful way to finish a beautiful Italian meal.
Thank you to Fabio, Michela and the team at La Favola Newtown! Eats with Marie dined as a guest of La Favola and the Australian Good Food Guide. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
170 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 8021 0002
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