Setting up in the heritage-listed art deco Commonwealth Bank Building on Ocean Grove, Salt Meats Cheese Cronulla is the group’s sixth restaurant. Cousins Edoardo Perlo and Stefano De Blasi are renowned for their bordering on didactic stance on Italian food and will serve their signature pizzas, pastas, antipasti, desserts and cocktails in their new beachside space.
“As a group, we tend to steer towards areas that not only have an appetite for good food and drink, but also a place where we know we will feel like we’re part of the family”, explains Perlo. “We have wanted to open something in Cronulla since we first started, so when the opportunity came about to take over this beautiful space, we knew it was meant to be. There is a lot about Cronulla which reminds us of home – the families, a tight knit community, and proximity to the sea.”
Transplanting their childhood in sea-side Liguria, Italy to Cronulla, the boys have brought with them an uncomplicated cocktail, spritz and wine menu, destined to transport patrons to a oceanic vista paired with the famous food of Salt Meats Cheese.
Taking over the original structure, Perlo and de Blasi and design firm CLUI Designs made the most of their canvas, drawing on the art deco building’s design, painting it white and drawing the eye to the doors and windows that make the space so unique. Once through the doors, start the night with a spritz, the Yarra Valley spritz is made with Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz, gin, prosecco and soda, or a Riviera spritz, made with red grapefruit aperitif pampelle, prosecco and soda. And continue through with famous Italian classics that can really do no wrong such as the negroni, amaretto sour or a tiramisu martini.
Post imbibing, grab a famous SMC pizza. The amatriciana, served with smoked scamorza, amatriciana sauce, pancetta and pecorino toscano or the decadent tartufo with fior di latte, muschrooms, gorgonzola dulce and truffle oil are our picks of the crop.
Taglioni al granchio, made with blue swimmer crab, zucchini and chilli adds oomph to the pasta section and is a highlight, while guests can share dishes such as spalla d’agnello al forno, a slow cooked lamb shoulder with pumpkin puree, lentils and pomegranate or the risotta al funghi for a taste of classic northern Italy.
“We pride ourselves on using quality ingredients, re-creating classic Italian dishes with a modern Australian twist,” says Perlo. “For Cronulla, we have created a menu that is appropriate for any occasion. You can sit at the bar and graze on an antipasti platter with a spritz, dine in with family and watch the kitchen spin the dough in front of you or order takeaway from the deli and to take to the beach with mates.”
Opening just in time for the start of summer, you can bet on plenty of post-swim pizza’s and afternoon apertifs at the new Salt Meats Cheese Cronulla.
Salt Meats Cheese Cronulla
Monday to Thursday: 7am to 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 7am to midnight
Sunday: 7am to 10pm
70 Cronulla St, Cronulla