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Cucina Gasparo on Urbanspoon

1/24-32 Lexington Drive
Bella Vista NSW 2153
P: 8883 4622
W: www.gasparo.com.au

Looking for somewhere special to take your love this Valentine’s Day but don’t want to empty your entire pay packet in the process? Cucina Gasparo offers an excellent dining experience that is intimate enough for couples, or large enough to cater for groups and parties

I was initially surprised to find such an impression of ‘elegant Italy’ in the heart of Bella Vista’s commercial business park. But you soon forget your geographical location once you walk past the Vespa parked out the front and are seated in fine dining fashion.

Offering regular restaurant food options alongside Pastas, Risottos and Pizzas, the menu is quite extensive and therefore should appeal to even the fussiest of eaters.  The prices are very reasonable with most traditional Italian dishes priced around $15 to $20.

My husband and I ordered a plate of pasta each and were pleasantly surprised to receive some complementary petite bread rolls sprinkled with herbs and served with a side of chilli oil for dipping – a completely unexpected yum!

Linguine Bella - prawn linguine with tomato pesto and cream.

Gasparo Linguine

The gorgeous presentation set me up for great expectations.  These were exceeded after my first mouthful when all I could think of was ‘bellissimo’ - this dish is an absolute delight to the palate.  Beautiful fresh prawns matched perfectly with the garlic pesto flavours and thankfully it was not too heavy on the cream

Spaghetti Meatballs
Gasparo Meatballs

Not on the regular menu, this was offered as a ‘special of the day’ and is one of my husband’s favourites.  H wasn't isappointed with the meatballs tasting great, the spaghetti not too long and sauce nice and thick making it easy to eat without embarrassment.

Thankfully the pasta dishes were just the right size to leave room for dessert!  At only $3 per scoop the Gelato is amazingly great value.  I tried the Fig and Mascarpone flavour – a perfect blend of caramel sweetness and rich cream – one scoop was plenty to satisfy.

Gasparo Gelato

With coffee as good as any you could expect from an Italian cafe, and with ‘old-school’ after dinner mints served on the side, this was a perfect finish to an excellent dining experience.

The service is welcoming and friendly, and they are open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday to Friday and Sunday, with just Dinner available on Saturdays

I was really sad to hear that this restaurant has now closed and the family have moved into a different kind of business. Our great loss to be sure.

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