Child Friendly: YES
Mon-Fri: 11:30am – 10pm
Sat-Sun: 10am – 10pm
Corkage Price:Wine: $30++ Champagne: $40++
iO Italian Osteria exudes a palpable buzz once you step inside. The atmosphere is convivial and the open kitchen is a hive of engaging activity.
The food menu is extensive. Begin with stuffed fried olives, then dig into their house specialty of porchetta, a baked pork belly with wild fennel. Under the fragrant crispy crackling, generously stuffed wild fennel gives a nice aromatic balance to the juicy meatiness of pork. The classic burrata delights too. The creamy freshness of the cheese dances playfully with savoury Parma ham, sweet cherry tomatoes and peppery rucola.
Homemade pasta always appeals. Try the not-so-common orecchiette served with earthy, saffron-infused cream sauce and pork sausage. The tomato-based tagliolini with prawns, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and a sprinkle of lemon breadcrumbs also charms with sweet flavours and al dente texture.
From its small selection of main courses, the grilled octopus stands out. Prepared with little seasoning, it is grilled to a satisfying char with crisp tips and is best enjoyed with zesty Mediterranean sauce.
Finally, a good selection of wines includes its own iOlabelled option. The price range offers a friendly fit for all budgets. Ask the engaging and knowledgeable service staff for recommendations.