Western Sydney is certainly going through a boom at the moment in regards to ............ well everything! There are new suburbs, new parks, wet n wild world, posh hotels, the drive-in at Blacktown and the list goes on. My favourite thing although is the boom in fabulous cafes and restaurants opening up out here in the wild west. My latest find is Amoretti's at Abbotsbury which is located in the awesome Plough and Harrow Park in the Western Sydney Parklands. For all of you inner city dwellers this is where I am talking about click here.
Plough and Harrow Park is home to a fantastic playground, acres of green grass and picnic areas, a decent cycleway as well as the scary Tree Top Adventure Park & Safari (I say scary because I suffer from serious vertigo, a 360m flying fox is not my idea of fun but I know big kids will love it). On top of all this you have a very nice restaurant indeedy do - Amoretti's.
Now Amoretti's is a funky cool Italian restaurant, where we (that is the adults) enjoyed a delicious breakfast on a Sunday morning. The exterior of the restaurant is modern yet rustic and that design is continued into the interior. There is a cool bar area and it looks like water is running down behind it but I actually think it is just a clever use of glass design so that you have the illusion that it is water. Recycled timber has been used everywhere which adds to the rustic charm. I also loved the old iron light fixtures throughout and they also have used barbed wire to create some awesome pendant lights. There is a pizza kitchen area at the back of the restaurant and that leads onto an outdoor seating area on a verandah - all very country, a design style which I obviously so love!
When we arrived we were warmly greeted by the hostess and shown to our window seat. On a Sunday morning there was a mix of couples, young families and glamorous young lasses, yet to learn about the joys of dining out with children! The breakfast menu at Amoretti's is delicious, but unfortunately tailored specifically for adults, and hence did not have anything suitable for our little bulls. We ordered them house made rosetta rolls ($4.90) which were toasted and only came with butter as they didn't have any jams/spreads. I should say here that the rolls were really delicious and the boys ate them.
Our meals were totally delicious. I ordered the omelette with chorizo, fetta and tomato ($14.50) and it was so huge that I couldn't actually finish it - a first for me! Mr Munch had the bacon and eggs - perfectly poached eggs with nutmeg infused bacon, roasted tomatoes atop a toasted rosetta roll ($15.50).
Our coffees were really well made, so much so that we ordered two and I love the mismatched brightly coloured cups and saucers that they were served in.
Now when we left Amoretti's I was feeling a bit perplexed as to why a cafe inside such a fantastic park wasn't a bit more child friendly. And then I saw the blackboard with the takeaway meals on it. There were items such as banana bread and nuggets & chips on it. So what you can do instead of eating in the restaurant is order something from the hole in the wall takeaway counter. Then eat it at the outdoor tables and chairs provided by Amoretti's or take it off into the park to enjoy where ever you please.
I also have been advised (since we dined) by the owner of Amoretti's - Gabriele Moretti, that they are in the process of constructing a kiosk on site and also a mobile cart which will go all over the park providing refreshments to visitors. They will also be holding school holiday activity programs like pizza making classes for kids - this is brilliant news!
Amoretti's is currently open from Thursday - Sunday for lunch and dinner and breakfast is also served on weekends. I'm sure kids will be catered for quite well for both lunch and dinner as they serve pizza - and what kid doesn't love pizza? They serve the the standard pizza range like Margarita and Supreme right up to Peppercorn Wagyu, so there is something for everyone. There are also juices and soft drinks for the kiddliwinks to quench their thirst with.
There is some space for prams inside and the toilet does include a baby change table, and there are high chairs for little bottoms to sit in. All of the staff were super duper friendly and very welcoming of our little family. Next time we go back to Amoretti's I will definitely ask for a seat outside as there is so much space for kids to run around including this jetty out over the lake where loads of ducks were quacking around.
If you live in the inner west the Amoretti name may be familiar to you as they also have a restaurant in Chiswick, so it's great that they have brought some of the inner west style out to the wild west of Sydney! I'm so looking forward to going back to Amoretti's once the kiosk is completed to give it the Little Munch stamp of approval.
745-899 Elizabeth Dr, Abbotsbury NSW 2176
02 8786 1777