The humble Italian restaurant is at the heart of every community, it is that local place that welcomes you with open arms and always has amazing food coming out of the kitchen. But sadly, in an age of Instagram and fast moving everything it’s hard to find that quality Italian family spot, that we all crave a little anymore.
Thankfully, we came across Il Faro, a family run Italian restaurant – in the heart of Kew – makes you feel like one of the family from the moment you walk in the door. Il Faro is not just another pizza joint; evident form its branding, they have moved away from the standard red, green and white and introduced pops of colour through yellow and blue. This ‘pop’ was really shows through their inventive mix of traditional and playful flavours through their menu.
To say our experience was anything short of exceptional would be an understatement. From the service to the food, Il Faro is setting a standard. While the menu has some great traditional favorites, like their five-layer lasagna to their margherita but also are serving up some new tantalizing options like their signature Il Faro pizza.
What really makes their pizzas unique is their cooking process; their dough a unique house blend that is cared for and treated with respect really sets the tone for the restaurant, creating an amazing taste to enhance their pizza even more. This was evident from their take on the humble bruschetta – a generous portion of fresh tomatoes, red onions, bocconcini, garlic, oregano and olive oil all on top their secret, homemade dough, put it all together to create an amazing flavour combination. Not to mention their lasagna – five layers of slow cooked beef ragu amongst fresh pasta and cheese – we agree with their simple moto on this one… just try it you won’t be disappointed!
Il Faro are also bringing some new ideas and flavours to the traditional pizza, in particular the Il Faro – Tasmanian smoked salmon, fior di latte mozzarella, lime and rocket on a ricotta base which can sound a bit odd but when you taste it – really come together. These new takes on traditional favourites are in addition to a carefully selected authentic Italian menu not to mention of carefully selected Italian beers and wine to really complement their food.
The freshness and tastiness of Il Faro is only surpassed by the care and detail given to each dish which means no matter what you order you’ll enjoy a great meal. Bring friends who love to share is a must, one because you’ll want to try a bit of everything but also because their plates are huge.
Il Faro truly aims to be a family restaurant that is perfect to come with friends, family or a special someone to enjoy great night out of food, laughs and even a few drinks. Whether you have an occasion to celebrate or just for looking something new, we cannot recommend Il Faro enough. No matter where you’re from, a drive to Il Faro will be well worth your time.