Fresh pasta, marinated vegetables, smoked and cured meats, Formaggi, Paninis with changing fillings, olives, breads, green groceries and items for the home larder.The place looks more like a true deli than a casual cafe, more a treasure trove of select produce not found in many places than just a brunch and snack stop. Just spend some time looking through its jars, sauce or preserve bottles and cheese packages and you are on a culinary journey in Europe.
Sited below some apartments, Albero has lifted the image of outlets found in the pervasive unit blocks now found aplenty not just in inner city suburbs but also through out the outer suburbs of capital cities in Australia. When we seek refuge from the Big Smoke, we also appreciate the opportunity to access quality food, drink and produce near our homes. At Albero, you are not just having coffee and bread here, there is more than this.
Breakfast has a selection of accompanying herbs, goat's cheese and wild mushroom Ragu.
I may be content with the usual offerings in the early morning but do imagine and try the possibilities in combinations, like in omelette creations, pasta mixes and salad delights.
Seasonal changes, like in desserts, are make what a cafe exciting, but also keep the regular customer in touch with the finesse in what Nature and agriculture offers. There are also black board specials for the day.
The Antipasto utilises much of the Schiacciatta, as together with olives and pickles. Schiacciatta is linked with Florentine and Sicilian versions, but basically refers to Focacia, made with flour, water, rising agent and a pinch of salt, cooked in a wood burning oven and is desired crispy but not greasy. The good ones are not hard but offer the necessary crunch and has a flavour of olive oil in Florence.
Ham and Salami, Risotto and Pizza! Whatever you choose, do select something with Proscuitto, one of the best around found in the Antipodes. For an accompanying refresher, there is the uplifting home made lemonade.
Vehicle parking is best in allocated train station spaces but these can get filled up as well, so do try the side streets. Another worthwhile option is to take Sydney Rail. There is both outdoor in a garden like atmosphere and inside seating. And you can do your larder shopping as well have your coffee, authentic and strong.The kids can have some Nougat and Biscotti to take home too.
My impressions of the Albero Di Lemone Tree Trattoria & Delicatessen:
Ambiance: 3.25 out of 5
Customer Engagement: 3.5 out of 5
Culinary Delight: 3.75 out of 5
X Factor: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Recommended menu choices:
Baby heirloom carrots and beetroots with walnuts and goat's cheese.
Calabrese Salami pizza.
Risotto with Fontina cow cheese from the Aosta Valley near the Alps, Oregano, Zucca pumpkin and Proscuitto.
Prawn, rocket and tomato Spaghetti.
The Albero Di Lemone Tree Trattoria & Delicatessen is located at Shop 2, 720 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland NSW.
Opening hours are from 7am to 4pm from Tuesdays to Thursdays; from 7am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 8am to 3pm on Sundays. Closed on public holidays.
Contact + 61 2 9542 2552