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Lifestyle : Taste of Europe
1HERSA1 E015 Located in the historic Rocks precinct is the warm, and welcoming Italian ristorante -- Appetito Pizza, Pasta & Bar. Spanning three levels, Appetito offers versatile spaces incorporating two bars, balcony, outdoor terrace and a private dining room. Passionate head chef Tim Fisher applies his signature modern twist on traditional Italian dishes making Appetito an experience not to be missed! Opening Hours Monday - Sunday 11am - late Contact Details T 02 9247 1920 F 02 9251 9958 E firstname.lastname@example.org Location 135 George St, The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000 Enquire now for Melbourne Cup: Canapé and sit-down packages available! taste of europe special report good living Shelves laden with tradition Still charming... Cyril Vincenc at Cyril's Fine Foods, which he started more than half a century ago. Photo: Steven Siewert Kefalograviera, piroshki and taramasalata are worth getting your tongue around, writes Carli Ratcliff. Cyril's Fine Foods 181 Hay Street, Haymarket, 9211 0994. Earlwood Wines 285 Homer Street, 9559 5673. Bossley Park General Store & Deli 57 Mimosa Road, Bossley Park, 9610 7669. Mr Stuzzichini & Co 105 Pittwater Road, Boronia Park, 9817 7344. Bavarian Smallgoods and Butchery Shop 4, 39 Bartlett Street, Ermington, 9638 7809. Cyril Vincenc opened his deli, Cyril's Fine Foods, in Haymarket 56 years ago. A lot has changed in the area but Cyril's remains very much as it was more than half a century ago. ''We are still charming our customers -- young gourmets or people looking for the food their grandmother or mother used to make,'' Vincenc says. For the gourmets he stocks fresh geese, fresh goose fat and Russian caviar. For the nostalgic he has pashka (soft cream cheese flavoured with vanilla and sweetened with sugar and raisins) at Easter, to pile on kulich, a yeast cake made exclusively for Cyril by the same ex-pat Russian baker since the day they opened. She also supplies piroshki filled with meat or mushrooms year round. Earlwood Wines stocks Greek wines and spirits including ouzo and rakia. Beyond the bottles lies the deli, also presided over by the Ipermachou family, who import the city's widest range of Greek and Cypriot cheeses, from barrel-aged feta to handmade haloumi and kefalograviera, the hard sheep's milk cheese. There are dips made by matriarch Loula including tzatziki, taramasalata, and the garlic paste popular with Macedonian customers, toum. There is often a box of just-picked vegetables at the counter, straight from the family's backyard. Bossley Park General Store and Deli is also a family concern. Twice the recipient of the NSW Champion of Champions Deli award, the store has recently been taken over by the Italian Di Federico family. Daughter Paola does the buying and stocks olives from across the Mediterranean as well as olive oil from Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Surfboard- like bacalhau (dried salted cod) is on offer, as are frozen Portuguese sardines for barbecuing. At the Bevilacqua family's store, Mr Stuzzichini, in Boronia Park, Italian TV blares in the background as locals line up for a panini made to order. On the shelves, metre-long spaghetti lunghi is wrapped in butcher's paper. The freezers hold trays of the family's celebrated lasagnes and the house-cured salmon is much loved by locals who buy it by the kilo at Christmas. Ten minutes away, in Ermington, is small goods specialist Ricky Roessler, who was born in Bavaria. Customers fond of the region's meat products travel across town to stock up, from fleischkase (sausage) and schinkenspeck (speck) to Schwarzwalder schinken (Black Forest ham), all cured and smoked on the premises. There is also herring salad to take away, German condiments including Thomy mustards, jars of gherkins and pretty marzipan and wafer treats.
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