I wouldn’t be back to Sazio even if I lived in Black Rock, and – given that I live in the city – that means I’ve been there for my one and only visit.
The service from our waitress was nice, if a little inefficient and somewhat amateur, but at least we didn’t get told off(!) by the male waiter for the horrendous sin of turning up 15 minutes early (the place was empty), unlike another patron.
And the food was nothing special. We had the Calamari Fritti (lightly floured Baby Calamari Rings, shallow fried, seasoned with Sea Salt and ground Pepper and served with Lemon and homemade Garlic Aioli), which was nicely presented but sparse.
Also, the Mediterranean Dips Platter (a selection of seasonal home made Dips with toasted homemade Ciabata) to which the same description could be applied.
For mains, we shared a couple of dishes – the Osso Bucco (tender Veal shanks, braised slowly in Red Wine, Tomato and Caramelised Shallots and served with a Garlic Butter mash) which was hidden under an enormous mass of sauce. We literally had to hunt around in the sauce for the meat. It was really weird, and when we’d dug it all out, there was a mass of sauce remaining.
The Chicken Parmigiana (chicken breast crusted in Herbs and Parmesan, topped with Pomodoro Sauce, Mozzarella, Basil Pesto served with Chips and Salad) was not as good as we could get around the corner in Fitzroy at the Rochester Castle for $10.
The best bit – easily – was the dessert. Toblerone Pyramid (a lovely gluten-free frozen dessert created with a unique combination of rich Dark Chocolate and sticky Honey) Even a little more honeycomb would have improved it quite a lot, but it was still good.
TLDR: Not worth the effort to get there, even if you can walk it.