Yesterday was my cousin Michael's 21st birthday, so on Saturday night we all got invited to celebrate his birthday at the Sicilian in Parramatta.
The food kicked off with some pizzas to start. I didn't get a chance to photograph all of the different kinds of pizzas but there were garlic pizzas, herb pizzas, chilli crust pizzas and pesto crust pizzas, all cooked in the Sicilian's woodfired oven. The crusts were thin and crunchy with a generous amount of cheese on the pizza.
We all ordered our own mains and I selected the Gnocchi alla Romana which was gnocchi with scallops, prawns, bacon, chilli, garlic, shallots and pesto in a creamy napolitana and basil sauce. The servings were large and there were quite a lot of prawns and scallops in my pasta which I was pleased to see. The sauce was nice and creamy, but after a while it got quite salty causing copious amounts of water to be consumed with the pasta!
Mum ordered the Zuppa di Cozze - a kilogram pot of mussels with a white wine, garlic and basil sauce. The mussels were tender and juicy and the sauce was very flavoursome. Mum's only complaint was that there weren't enough of them!
Charm ordered the Pollo Parmagiana which was crumbed chicken breast served on a bed of herbed spaghetti with grilled eggplant, napolitana sauce and melted mozzarella. There was a large piece of chicken and quite a lot of spaghetti. The chicken was not too dry and although it was tasty, the sheer size of the dish meant that Charm couldn't finish it.
Once again I forgot to take a picture of Dad and Sir D's dinner but they both ordered the Prime Rib Eye which was served with king prawns and wedges. The steaks were cooked as requested and Sir D highly approved of the wedges. Both of them seemed to enjoy their meals.
The birthday cake was gigantic! It consisted of light chocolate sponge cake with layers of chocolate cream in between and was delicious. Happy 21st Birthday Michael!
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