Saturday, January 14, 2017

Society Di Catania comes to Potts Point

"The owner of this building ate pizza at my Bondi restaurant and asked me to set up a pizzeria restaurant in his building in Potts Point", Jonathan Faro, the founder of Society Di Catania tells me today. And the owner of that building on 186-188 Victoria Road, Potts Point is not the only one who knows there is a good thing going. Opened for only one month, Society Di Catania focusing on Sicilian food in Potts Point owned by Italian, former pizza chef, Jonathan Faro is going to be a real hit with locals after what I tasted today.

On the menu you will see a menu shared plates for the table, home made pasta daily, a whole page dedicated to pizzas you can order with or without a tomato base and the words “Amore, Famiglia, Mangiare E Bere; Queste Sono Le Cose Per Cui Vale La Pena Vivere”. If my Google translate is correct it means: “Love, Family, Eating and Drinking; these are the things that are worth living for.” I concur.

Because I felt like eating pizza for lunch and there was so many to choose from, I asked, "Jonathan, do you have a favourite pizza from your menu?" "Yes, I like the Marcantonio because of its flavour combinations". The flavour combinations are fior di latte, proscuitto di Parma, ricotta, truffle oil and when you combine the complex flavours of this tomato free pizza with an alluringly blistered but fine crispy pizza base that just melts in your mouth, you have a winning pizza that would please the toughest pizza judges in any pizzaiola competition.

Tomato sauce underlies the Salsiccia E Porcini pizza we had which was slightly hotter and tangy and because some of us liked chilli (I find chilli always makes pizza more engaging) and some of us didn’t, the chef gave us the chilli oil on the side. This pizza comprised of bufala, porcini, mushroom, sausage and chilli. This was a very good pizza but my favourite was the same as Jonathan's.

The pizzas come in traditional, half a metre or metre long sizes. As we were a party of 4 adults, Jonathan suggested we have one shared plate (Pippo's board of cured meats, selection of cheeses, giardiniera, crochette di patate, arancini, parmagiana & olives), a pasta dish (a special linguine with pippies), and two traditional pizzas and on top of that we had a side of orange and fennel dessert selection of tiramisu and a fluffy light chocolate mousse. This was more than enough to fill us for lunch.

Society Di Catania offers excellent quality, fine authentic Italian food that is traditional yet in contemporary setting. The venue is warm and inviting with it’s long shared wooden table that takes centre stage at the venue in Potts Point and large open windows that overlooks the pathway of the busy Victoria Road. The service staff, Theresa and Virginia were friendly, attentive and polite.

Pizza is not as simple as it appears and the Pott’s Point venue is not the first pizza restaurant Society Di Catania has opened. With the Bondi venue and mobile pizza catering already under their belt, Society Di Catania already has something good going for it and they are simply sharing food they have already got right with a wider Sydney community.

Society Di Catania
186-188 Victoria  Street
Potts Point NSW

See.Taste.Do was invited to dine as a guest.
Society Di Catania Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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