We had a workies lunch date to celebrate the final days of working in the lead up to Christmas. We decided that local was the way to go and everyone can leave whenever they wished. We all voted and ended up going to Club Italia. Club Italia is located right next to Sunshine Hospital and there’s a dining area right next to the pokies. It has a real pub feeling to it so don’t come down dressed in your finest garments. We put our orders through at work and when we got there, we were seated promptly and the food came out 10-15mins later (not shabby at all). I got chicken and pumpkin risotto and this was very thick. It did look quite appetising at first but once I shoveled it (Yes, I was super hungry) into my mouth, there wasn’t a lot of flavour. Not something I would come back for.
Risotto Chicken, Pumpkin and Feta – $19.90
Arborio rice cooked with pumpkin, fetta, chicken and rocket in a vegetable stock
A workmate got the marinara and found it to be a touch salty which may be due to the anchovies. The base and crust was super crunchy and just enough toppings.
Marinara – $17.90
We got a few desserts to share (well of course they would! I mean who doesn’t like sharing dessert?) and the first one we got was the sticky date pudding. This was very ordinary and it says on the menu that it came with vanilla ice cream. Instead of ice cream, it was cream (sad face).
Sticky Date Pudding – $9.50
I am a huge fan of pannacotta and was super duper excited when I saw it on the menu. However, I was really disappointed with this. The pannacotta did not wobble and at all and it was super dense.
Pannacotta – $8.90
with berry coulis
The strawberry crepe was very thick and the jam/sauce was overly sweet. They served it with cream which did not balance the sweetness at all. Perhaps serve it with ice cream next time?
Strawberry Crepe -$11.50
The staff here are gorgeous, friendly and will definitely make you smile. The food however, the pizza was goddamn fantabulous and that was about it. Everything else was super strong in flavour or quite bland. Next time, I might suggest some Pho in Sunshine instead of coming back here.