Righetto Osteria Romana, Haberfield

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Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

We are at the proudly Roman restaurant on Haberfield's Ramsay Street with Celia, Pete and her boys. Righetto is the nickname for the name Enrico and an osteria is a family style restaurant. 73 year old chef Enrico starts his day every at 4am preparing Roman style food for customers at his restaurant.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

There is a menu of course with plenty of pasta dishes on offer but the best course to take is to follow the waiter to take a peek at "Roman Canteen" aka the illuminated display of food and choose from there. Our waiter is helpful and suggests some things and although I want to order everything in the display we somehow end up with the absolutely perfect amount of food.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Bread $10

I've had a challenging day so it's a glass of red wine from Celia and Pete's cellar and a piece of bread dipped in olive oil with a dot of balsamic vinegar to start.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Once the analgesic properties of red wine have taken effect then chaos ensues. By chaos I mean an ordered chaos as everything that we ordered arrives at once and we scramble to make room for all of the plates on the table. Everything fits - just and we pass plates around.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Trippa Romana $18

I have a 50/50 relationship with tripe. I like it about 50% of the time, the other times I try it but then leave it. This tripe is firmly in the first category. It is buttery soft, almost gelatinous and marrow like in texture and flavoured with a delectable tomato and chilli sauce. It ends up being the favourite dish for many of us.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Potato cake $6

This is perhaps one of the worst photos on the blog I mean honestly look at the strange angle but I was trying to take pictures quickly. The potato cake is filled with thumb sized pieces of sausage which break up the creamy , comfortin mashed potato nicely.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Chicken in bacon

The chickens fillets come as a plate of three wrapped in bacon and with a mushroom sauce to them. They're bursting with flavour and tender inside and we use the bread provided to mop up the sauce.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Porchetta $20

Another favourite of mine is the porchetta, beautifully flavoured with herbs and strong in rosemary. It's sliced thinly and served warm and retains an excellent texture without ever getting dry. The prize pieces for me are the ones edges in tooth sticking crackling.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Gnocchi gorgonzola $18

The gnocchi is all made in house and the tender pieces arrive blanketed in a creamy gorgonzola sauce. I just need a pan of this, the tripe, porchetta and a bed and something to watch or read and you won't see me for a few hours.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Rigatoni Bolognese $17

This is Little Man's rigatoni bolognese. We didn't try this as he had his own plate but bolognese is done slow cooked ragu style with bones and soft shreds of beef.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Chard and eggplant $5 each

Of course with any meal you need vegetables and there is a tempting range of vegetables on offer. They choose two for us (one comes with one of the meals but we're not sure which one) and they're the perfect accompaniment to the meals. The chard is cooked with a little chilli and is comforting while the eggplant has a piquancy from vinegar that cuts through the unctuousness of the meat dishes.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

"I'll give you a break of 15 minutes and then I'll come back for your dessert order," our waiter tells us. He leaves us the four choices to mull over and given that there are six of us, we decided on one of each of the four. And it is about then that Enrico emerges with a trumpet and they sing Happy Birthday to another customer.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Profiteroles $12

I'm not the biggest profiterole lover, I prefer them with toffee for a bit of crunch but this is a generous serve with a nice dark chocolate.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Panna cotta $10

The panna cotta is a little firm but still good with the sweet berry compote on top.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Cannoli Romana $8

The cannoli are crunchy on the outside and filled with a smooth, creamy ricotta mixture. I enjoy the contrast of the crunchy against the creamy.

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

Tiramisu $10

But really I have eyes just for the tiramisu. It's a generous serve with layers of soft biscuit, billowy mascarpone and a hit of coffee.

In a body swapping turn of events, Celia's eldest son Big Boy stems the flow of the red wine to his mother's glass and he and Little Man walk back to their house leaving Mr NQN, Celia, Pete and me enjoying the flush of warmth from the food, wine and company. The trumpet solo earlier in the night, a not too distant ring in our ears.

So tell me Dear Reader, what's your favourite solution to a challenging day? And do you like tripe? Would you try it?

Righetto Osteria Romana Haberfield

This meal was independently paid for.

Righetto Osteria Romana

103 Ramsay Street, Haberfield, Ashfield, New South Wales 2045 (Formerly La Rosticceria)
Tel: +61 2 9799 5500
Lunch: Thursday to Sunday 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 5pm - late
http://www.righetto.com.au/