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Italian | Posse

Southwest Sydney’s cafe food of Angils.

January 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm
Bacon & egg brioche with provolone, aioli and smokey BBQ. Source

Bacon & egg brioche with provolone, aioli and smokey BBQ. Image by Katrina Pham

A lot can be said for a man who introduces great coffee to a region of Sydney long untouched by inner-west coffee connoisseurs in favour of something a tad closer to the city’s art-filled laneways and beachside barista hangouts. 

Frank Angilletta – who we believe to be an angel in disguise if his Italian last name isn’t enough – has successfully sculpted a café setup that suits the burgeoning southwest region of Sydney and become a mecca for Liverpool’s coffee-deprived residents.

Having grown up in the area, Angilletta says he “could see there wasn’t anywhere decent in Liverpool to get a cup of coffee.” And that’s how the idea for Ristretto & Co, his cosy Surry Hills-like terrace café that sits proudly next to St. Luke’s Church on Northumberland St, was born. He saw the opportunity, and like an angel, descended upon the narrow block of land with a plan to resurrect the area’s associations as a caffeine-dead-zone with that of abundant life.

Espresso Ristretto

Campos Coffee brewed to any bean-hunter’s top standards, every hot-drip beverage is a knockout. Flat white to foamy cappuccino, every cup is guaranteed to be a winner. And then there’s the rest of the drink menu – creamy hot chocolates, a T2 selection, and fresh orange juice, which we guarantee is 100% fresh – we witnessed a trolley load of the citrus fruit being delivered to the store room upon arrival.

Moving onto edibles, Ristretto is open for brekkie or lunch, but for anyone ready to take on the chef’s Italian cooking skills, lunchtime is where the menu has been weaved together from regions around Italia. There’s paninis and pastas of the day, traditional beef lasagne, pizza e toglio – and a vegetarian’s dream: bruschetta with grilled eggplant, zucchini, roasted peppers, Persian feta, rocket and pesto.

The ultimate bread board. Source

The ultimate bread board. Image by Katrina Pham

Despite the generous selection on offer after midday, breakfast is where the star players come out. From the simple, but sublime burnt fig and raisin toast to the extravagant bread boards layered with grilled truss tomatoes, poached eggs and a variety of meats or vegetables, there’s plenty to stress over when ordering. But the top dog is Angilletta’s favourite – “it would have to be our signature dish, the uovo in pomodoro,” which is free-range egg poached with chorizo, spinach & pomodoro sauce in a terracotta pot, served with toasted sourdough. The cost of this saucy monster? Less than $15.

Fig and raisin toast, Ristretto

Fig and raisin toast, with jam and butter.

Perhaps the greatest ensemble of coffee beans, Italian-esque delicacies and kitsch, mismatched furniture we’ve ever come across (you’ll also love the ferns dangling from the awning in the courtyard out back), guardian angel Angilletta has commenced construction on a second venture – and it’s almost finished.

Opening January 27 at 7am for the Monday rush, pop-up The Shed will bring new life to Bigge Park, servicing customers from the mega-sized Liverpool Hospital, TAFE and nearby transport interchange. “It’s a beautiful space on the grass,” Angilletta says. “The building is actually an old changing room that we’re fitting out.”

Opening soon... Source.

Opening soon… Source.

More of a tuckshop than hit Ristretto, the focus will be on easy meals and coffee. “But there’ll be sandwiches, salads and other produce made onsite at Ristretto and delivered daily,” he points out.

Regardless of the downsize to the amazing menu, The Shed will be a welcome addition to Liverpool’s café culture. Sitting on the grass, iced frappe in hand and munching on a grilled panini seems the perfect way to spend a lunch break, or heck – any time of day.

Being situated so close to the station, there’ll be no excuses from any inner-city coffee fiends not to pop by and revel in the new Liverpool that Angel-etta is helping create.

Gluten-Free New York

January 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

Chocolate Vanilla Muffin
Photo: family freshcooking.com

Whether you’re a bona fide celiac or someone with similar digestive issues, I feel for you pal, I 100% do. As a self-professed obsessive lover of carbohydrates in their numerous forms, it breaks my heart to think of you having to miss out on a variety of delicious fares. That’s why I decided to do some leg work for you unlucky few, and picked out the tip top of New York’s gluten free dining options. Eat away! PS I suppose if you’re one of those health nuts and/or weirdos who choose to do without carbs, this could also be helpful to you.

A foodie Guide to Vivid Sydney

May 24, 2013 at 2:17 am
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Sydney’s Opera House: vividsydney.com

 Annual event Vivid Sydney has started and most Sydney-siders are feeling the buzz! Vivid Sydney is a magical festival of light, music and creative ideas which takes over our harbour each year and invigorates a sense of awe and pride in our city. The array of amazing light shows and interactive light sculptures is truly mind-blowing and makes for a very special evening whether that be a first date, anniversary or just an overall fun night out. It is especially perfect for budding and professional photographers. I mean come on, it is the absolute best opportunity to perfect some light and night photography skills. And as Posse helps you find the best places for wherever you are, we have compiled for you, a list of the best places to go during Vivid Sydney! 

Boston Insider Guide- Rachel Sprung of Hubspot

May 16, 2013 at 12:37 am

15cb8baRachel Sprung is a Brand and Buzz Coordinator at Hubspot, a marketing software company that has an eye on bringing in customers. Rachel’s fun-loving personality and keen sense of all things PR tells you that she is your go-to girl for any blogging expertise. Here are some of the  places that Rachel loves in the Boston area via Posse.com! You can also share you favorite places via Posse.com or our mobile app.




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San Fran Insider Guide: Lorenzo Thione- StartOut, Artify It

May 14, 2013 at 10:13 am


Lorenzo Thione is a serial entrepreneur, the co-founder of StartOut and Artify It, a Tony-Nominated Broadway producer (Catch Me If You Can, American Idiot, Elling) and an advisor & investor to awesome startups! He’s also got great taste and lives in San Francisco so we asked him about his favorite places in the area. Here they are, shared via our startup, Posse!

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5 minutes with David Anderson from NOM Pizza

January 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm

If you’ve eaten pizza in Italy and announced upon returning home that you’ll never eat pizza outside of Naples again, we have news for you! The guys from NOM Pizza are not only Italian- they’re from Naples- and they make ”pizza so good Italy is jealous!”. 

We were lucky enough to meet David Anderson, one of NOM’s talented “pizzialo’s’ and ask him about some of his favourite places on earth.

Hi David! Can you show us a picture of a pizza from NOM?


The heavenly prosciutto & rocket pizza!

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