As we entered the premises, we received a very warm welcome from the owner (we think he is the owner anyway). He shook hands with each one of us and called us beautiful which was nice. Our table overlooked the courtyard which meant we watched the owner greet each and every customer in the same manner for the rest of the evening.
The menu at Cecchi's is short and sweet which makes it easy to decide on what to eat, although a bit disappointing if you like variety. We weren't sure of the size of the dishes, but as we were not that hungry we just ordered a main each and sides to share.
Cecchi's is BYO and they charge $3.50 per head for corkage which they told us upfront.
Moi & MK - Squid ink linguine, squid, tomato concasse, chilli, lemon crumb x 2 $66 ($33 each)
Hubby, PL & RL - Pork belly, caramelised apples, hazelnut, frizze, vincotto x 3 $108 ($36 each)
FH & RC - Duck breast, creamy bacon faro, quince, pistachio x 2 $72 ($36 each)
CH - Zuppa di pesce, barramundi, prawn+mussel stew, crusty bread $36
TW - Rib eye, vegetable slaw, anchovies, red wine gel, parmesan+onion crumb $42
Sides to share
Pearl barley+roasted Mediterranean vegetable salad x 2 $18 ($9 each)
Broccolini, almonds, slow cooked egg x 2 $20 ($10 each)
Moi & RC - Donuts x 2
FH - Profiteroles
TW, CH, PL, MK & RL - Panna cotta x 5, Donuts
Now we wait...
Food and presentation - 3.5/5
|Amuse bouche - complimentary|
|Pork belly, caramelised apples, hazelnut, frizze, vincotto $36|
|Squid ink linguine, squid, tomato concasse, chilli, lemon crumb $33|
|Zuppa di pesce, barramundi, prawn+mussel stew, crusty bread $36|
|Rib eye, vegetable slaw, anchovies, red wine gel, parmesan+onion crumb $42|
|Duck breast, creamy bacon faro, quince, pistachio $36|
The owner was very friendly and as previously mentioned, greeted each of us when we entered but as the night progressed we found that he was a bit too in your face. At the beginning he told us about the origin of Pinocchio and asked us why we were here for dinner, which was fine but then it progressed to constant interruptions with "Let's cheer for FH!" If it only happened once, then that would've been fine but it was multiple times and sometimes when we were deep in conversation with each other.
Our water was replenished automatically throughout the night which gave them bonus points.
One of the waitresses needs some training in customer service and communication, let's just say it's not what you say but how you say it.
Atmosphere - 3.5/5
The restaurant is actually really nicely decorated, very rustic and charming but the constant interruptions and the drunk Pinocchio on the wall behind us ruined the feel of what could have been a classy Italian restaurant.
Value for money - 2.5/5
Definitely not value for money. Quality is not bad but the price for the size of the dishes is really quite steep. $36 for two slices of duck breast? No go!
I don't have any objections with coming back for another meal but I'll be exploring other options first.
Taste Test Total Score 13/20