East Sydney has always been famous as a hub of Italian eateries, from high end restaurants to the more casual cafes serving pasta, or just a pleasant area to enjoy great coffee and gelato in the many indoor or outdoor cafes.
Burton Street can now lay claim to having one of the best café/bars in this neighbourhood, known for its café culture. Nicola Tozzi, former owner of the Sugareef nightclub, recently opened “Fiore Café & Bar” near the corner of Crown Street.
I dined at Fiore recently and chose to sit outside to take advantage of the warm evening. Instead of a glass of wine, I decided to try one of their fabulous cocktails. Asking the barman to surprise me, which indeed he did, serving the most delicious green cocktail, a combination of Midori, vodka and half a passionfruit floating on the top. This cocktail alone warrants a second visit.
As Fiore Café and Bar specialises in “Tagliere”, an authentic Italian platter made up of fresh, flavoursome imported Italian products, I had to taste one of these. I certainly was not disappointed with my platter of prosciutto ham, rockmelon slices, bocconcini cheese, tomatoes, mortadella and three varieties of baked quiche.
Fresh figs, whitebait fritters, mussels that were the best I have tried, along with fresh bread, followed by slices of three fruit flans and of course, the piece de resistance, a serving of tira misu.
Each morning Tozzi visits the markets and buys the freshest and best produce, so whenever you visit Fiore the menu experience is different.
Fiore is a delightful café to visit. Whether its breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a coffee and cake, you are assured of receiving a warm welcome and immediately feeling at home.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond