Book your Easter lunch or dinner
Not sure where to eat in Sydney this Easter weekend? Come and celebrate at Mangiasti? We are a family friendly restaurant in Sydney’s North Shore, here to give you an alternative Easter meal and a well-deserved break from the cooking.
Make the most of your long weekend and join us for a leisurely lunch or dinner, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Try the Easter special, Agnello, woodfired pure Tasmanian lamb, served with soft polenta and wild porcini mushrooms.
Our head chef’s recommendation
To start, the antipasto should be the Casatiello all’Aglio. Homemade fresh bread, doused in garlic and fior di latte, for a bold, rich flavour that sets the tone for the rest of your meal.
Then tuck into your main course, Agnello, our Easter special. This traditional dish of lamb, is slow-cooked in our oven for three hours. First the meat is braised and then baked in a rich stew in the oven to ensure that the meat is tender and full of flavour. It is served with delicate and nutty wild porcini mushrooms. Our staff will help you pair this amazing dish with a glass of our Italian or Australian red wine.
If you still have some room, definitely try our homemade Babà a boozy treat from Naples, small sponge cake saturated in syrup made with liquor. Plus why not leave the car at home so you can try Nonna’s favourite, the Amaro del Capo too?
Our inspiration – Easter in Southern Italy
We want to paint you a picture of a traditional Easter in Calabria. It’s a family occasion that lasts for weeks in the small towns of the region. Spring is in the air and homes are stocked up with fresh fish, lamb, vegetables, and all the ingredients for soffritto – a mix of carrots, celery and onion that forms the base for many traditional Italian dishes.
Every home is baking festive treats like ciambelle (soft Italian donuts) or stocking up on colomba pasquale from the pasticcerie, while the children wait patiently to open their Easter eggs.
How do Italians celebrate Easter Sunday?
On Easter Sunday everyone dresses up in their finest clothes, greeting neighbours loudly on the way to church. The cobbled streets are filled with chatter and the smell of lunch preparations escape from windows. After church the adults catch up over coffee and the kids run around the streets.
At lunch, Mamma is happy to see the family tucking into huge plates of food. The agnello finally comes out of the oven and red wine is poured into glasses to be savoured and enjoyed.
The family spend all day together and lunch rolls into dinner. A light dinner is suggested, but actually, it will be a freshly made lasagne which Nonna (Grandma) puts in the oven. Later, she and Nonno (Grandad) sip Amaro del Capo, a very strong liquor famously from Calabria.
The house is warm from the evening sun and Nonna is sitting back with a smile on her face enjoying the noise and commotion. This is a typical Italian family Easter.
Book your table for lunch or dinner
We bring this warm family feeling to our cozy restaurant in Roseville, NSW, where the sunlight streams through into the courtyard. The lunch and dinner menu has a variety of fresh antipasto, secondi, pizza and pasta and mains to choose. We have a children’s menu and a dessert menu that even the adults can’t resist!