The Crows Nest dining precinct is on the up and Chachi’s restaurant and bar is the latest addition. A creation of Dan Sofo from the Firefly group the name is influenced by Chachi from Happy days Fonzies fun younger cousin. The restaurant has cool vibe, dimmed lighting with neon signs, a huge bar the whole place speaks fun! Upstairs is a function space perfect for groups and private funcions.
A great place for a beverage or two and a bite to eat. Serving up great Italian food with a range of entrees, salads, pizzas and pastas. The cocktails are the goods: their specialty being the Aperol spritz, with a few versions to choose from. Made by their mixoligist of Italian heritage, who better to make a good one. Perfect for hot summer days and steamy evenings.
In Italian dining style we shared a number of dishes including their pizzas which have a nice thin bases and a good combination of ingredients that work; the JLO-chicken and chorizo, onion and mozzarella which was delicious – ‘The Chachi’, a vegan pizza with mushroom, zucchini, capsicum, olivia and “notzarella”. Not being a vegan myself, I had my doubts but it tasted just like a regular pizza! Well done. We also tried the TNT, a pepperoni pizza with olive, capsicum and mozzarella.
On to the house made pastas, my absolute favourite here was the pork and veal ragu – melt in your mouth meat with a beautiful tomato sauce on a fettucini. Then, a squid ink, calamari and cherry tomato pasta – what a stand out.
We also tried the fennel and rocket salad and the beetroot and sweet potato salad. For those of you wanting smaller snacks, that option is there too; arancini, truffle fries, zucchini fries, calamari, meatballs or mac and cheese.
We ended on a peanut butter parfait with chocolate sauce – incredible.
This place also caters extremely well for gluten free and vegan diets.
Mon – Thursday they do a pizza or pasta and drink for $20 which is a good deal.
Great Italian joint with good food and cocktails.