Osteria di Russo & Russo

4.5
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461 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Contemporary Italian
Enmore's Osteria di Russo & Russo is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its modern take on classic Italian flavours, served in its warm and charming restaurant. As snacks to start, the fiore di zucchini fried zucchini flower with goat's milk ricotta and lemon aspen and the cannolo filled with a duck liver parfait, date and hazelnuts are sensational selections.

Some of Osteria di Russo & Russo's specialty dishes include the saltbush gnocchi with pork sausage ragu and pecorino, the chargrilled beef flank with green garlic, nasturtium and smoked eggplant and the slow cooked freemantle octopus with chickpea, salsa rossa and native bush tomato, as well as vegetarian dishes.

Osteria di Russo & Russo's strawberry sorbet, davidson plum meringue and limoncello custard is the perfect dessert with which to finish your meal.
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CB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our dinner - highly recommend

BD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

An interesting menu with some great twists on an Italian theme. The service is snappy and the atmosphere is friendly. I walked away satisfied but felt the restaurant is over priced. Nevertheless it is definitely worth trying.

MO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is Italian food at a One Hat level with both touches of innovation and traditional charm carefully blended.
It is a rare mix and with BYO it is a must for regularly feeling like a special occasion which isn’t over the top on price.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant with a really comfortable setting. Service was fantastic and the staff were very helpful with ordering food and drinks.

Food was incredible! Flavour explosions on every plate served!!

Highly recommend!

MB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place. It’s the second time myself and my Girlfriend have been and we were just as charmed as the first time. It’s definitely become a spot to celebrate a special occasion

c
Sydney / NSW
36 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Newtown has many hidden gems and this definitely is one of them! We had a few dishes between the two of us as they are based around sharing, which is great! The dishes were all well presented and delicious, the service was faultless and the atmosphere of a small family run restaurant. I would definitely recommend!

AD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was just terrific - warm and attentive and a good balance of formality and informality.
We opted for the 7 courses degustation started with zucchini flowers - not what I’d expected but delicious, then swordfish carpaccio- outstanding as was the beetroot risotto with pistachio, kangaroo fillet wasn’t immediately satisfying but the secret was to make sure you got plenty of the sauce with the meat aand It made the dish. The cheese course was good and the semifreddo dessert with berries was a play on texture and sweet /sour flavours - delicious. Definitely will return soon - really terrific modern take on cucuna Italians.

KP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining here and was so impressed! Great food and wonderful service, will be back again real soon.

h
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent, perhaps the early courses cam a bit too quickly The staff were more than helpful, it was a delightful evening

SS
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - have been many times. An excellent mix of authentic Italian and modern interpretations.

L
Canberra
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Contemporary Italian menu with some Australian native plants found in certain dishes which is interesting. Squid ink pasta with crab is a cracking dish or perhaps a “must try”, a well balanced, simple, nicely seasoned and fresh. Don’t forget to ask for any special pasta on the board as chef’s skills there guarantee to bring good value.

I
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Attentive service with knowledgeable staff. You really feel like you’re in a friends dining room when you’re at this venue.

Rather than decide what we would have and pass on, we worked out things we DIDN’T feel like and told the staff before ordering. That way every dish that came out was enjoyed thoroughly. (Our example was that we had non-oyster eaters and non pork eaters).

The best thing about this place is that you can give them your budget and what you feel like and trust that you’ll have an outstanding dining experience by leaving it in their hands.

10/10

NS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Russo & Russo. The service is excellent and we love the family feel, as the welcome is always genuine. The food is true Italian fare. Again (as we have returned a number of times), the meal was tasty, generously portioned and high quality. The gnocchi is a must and the risotto is nutty as it should be, served traditionally. We love that it's our local Italian and such a delight to go there every time.

t
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance, will definitely go back there..

DZ
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found the food and the service excellent. The food was delicious and I would highly recommend the restaurant. Best food I have eaten out in years. Very impressive

KR
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Wonderful staff, lovely atmosphere. We had the 5 courses selected by the chef delicious and experienced food that we probably would not have ordered ourselves. We feel totally spoilt on our trip to Sydney and are definitely recommending Newtown and Russo & Russo to our friends.

G
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend recommended Russo and Russo for my daughter's 18th Birthday dinner. Could not have been better! We had the 5 course banquet menu. Perfect!

KM
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Chef's menu was fantastic, beautiffully prepared, presented and it was delicious. We particularly liked the fact that you could advise on preferences as this is often a sticking point for degustation menus.

The service was to a very high standard, the staff were well informed, attentive and very pleasant.

The wine choices were fantastic and delicious (we did choose our own). The volume of other diners did get quite high as the night went on for conversation, but not unpleasant.

An excellent evening !

EB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can choose a la carte or leave it in the chef's capable hands – either way, you won't be disappointed in the flavours, portion sizes or gratifying speed and confidence of the service. A delightful experience that lets you feel indulged without feeling rushed – or ripped off. Thoroughly recommend.

JL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love this place - and go there quite regularly for the Vebene and the Ultra Bene it is such a worthwhile night. Beautiful ambience, great food and wonderful staff. They have been stellar since the first time we have gone there on our first anniversary.... 5 years on we still go back every year and for other special occasions. Thank you for making his birthday memorable ad with all the little surprises from you and the staff.

R
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautifully presented restaurant and great wait staff and service!
Food was nice. A little bit on the higher price mark however the experience was lovely and nice to try something different. Flank steak was a little on the tough side

P
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was amazing. tasting menu provided us a great sample of the dishes. Service was wonderful, staff were super friendly and helpful. Great experience all round.

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always.

JF
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great wait staff, really good cocktails.

CR
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten at Osteria many times and it never fails to impress. Food is always innovative and unique with attentive but not cloying service. Excellent value for money - you could pay twice as much as some other 'hatted' establishments. Our guests from interstate are invariably surprised to find such a high quality restaurant at such reasonable prices in Sydney.

A
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our 25 years in the inner west this remains our favourite small group (4 or less) restaurant. It's also become our go to place for celebrating our family's true great moments. Thank you for always delivering on service, quality, and surprises!

RF
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, great environment, and top service from people who help make for a wholly enjoyable dining experience.

ZS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The gnocchi was delicious and great wine choices. Unfortunately the rest of the food wasn't as good as the gnocchi. Great ambience and quiet enough that you can have a conversation.

YC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic atmosphere - good for a date.
Food is outstanding!
Top dishes are the Fried Zucchini Flower, Goats Milk Ricotta, with Lemon Aspen & Chilli Salt and the Saltbush Gnocchi, Pork Sausage Ragu, with Porcini, Juncu Pecorino & Sage.

GS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't recommend this restaurant enough. I have been coming here regularly for 4 years since I first moved to Newtown and I have never come away not thoroughly enjoying my meal, as well as being blown away by at least one if not several dishes on the degustation. Mark and his staff are incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable, it's a wonderful occasion to be able to eat at their table.

MM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to do the 4 course share plate dinner based on the waitress's suggestion & she was spot on! The flavours of each dish were amazing & the mulberry cocktails were great too.

N
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and great atmosphere, I will definitely be back with friends and family to enjoy Osteria di Russo & Russo again,

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish it didn’t take us so long to get there! The food was amazing! The service was lovely. Can not wait to go back!

MB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special little gem. Perfect for adventurous eaters looking for something with some sparkle

EP
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience and atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the marble tables and dark wooden aesthetic coupled with the melted candle-waxed bottles and iconic Italian photographs and imagery on the wall makes it feel like I'm sitting in a hip version of my nonna's dining room.

Signore Russo himself came to the table regularly to check that everything was tutto posto and even threw him some home-made liqueur to sample with dessert. Delicious combination of traditional Italian recipes with some native Australian ingredients. I've been here twice and will return regularly with friends.

A
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at R&R after hearing wonderful things. It was a true pleasure, everything I’d heard and more. A wonderful familiar feeling of comfort and excitiment as if I were sitting just off the streets of Italy.

NA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite neighbourhood restaurants in Sydney. Consistently good!

j
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the 7 course menu between 3 people. Amazing food, every dish was on point aside from the dessert (coconut pannacotta - the honeydew granita was more bitter than expected and tasted more like celery).
Beautiful, homey interior and ambience. The staff were lovely and attentive. Overall, a wonderful dining experience and I will be back!

TE
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife to Russo and Russo to celebrate her birthday and I couldn’t have asked for anything better! The food was exquisite, the wine was delicious but it was the care and attention from the staff that made the evening so special. I would strongly recommend this place to anyone looking for an authentic, laid back Italian dinner and a memorable night out.

AD
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, feeling and service.
Old school feel with new-ish school food.
We'll be back, maybe to a Sunday regional or special dinner night!