Jamie Oliver, aka the Western Sydney Food Blog’s Food God, has certainly done a lot in Western Sydney lately. There’s his Ministry of Food cooking school in Wetherill Park (the first in NSW), his appearance at the Sydney Royal Easter Show (where we had a huge fan girl moment) and last year he even spent a day in the Southern Highlands (not exactly western Sydney, but we’ll claim it). And it seems that he has heard our prayers, as most recently, he has opened up at restaurant in Western Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta.

Jamie’s Italian Trattoria is in a fantastic location. In the newly revamped Centenary Square, it is close to public transport, parking and for me and many others, close to work. I popped in one evening after the day job for an eagerly anticipated dinner. It was a busy day at the office, so firstly, drinks were in order. I had a Rossini (sparkling wine with raspberry puree), while Ethan went with a beer. They serve a variety of craft beers here, including a Parramatta brewed beer.

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We sat in a cosy corner upstairs with a view of the trees outside. The lighting is warm and the décor is rustic. From the stain glassed windows, to the chalk boards; the tiled tables to the tomato tin plate stands, every aesthetic detail has been meticulously taken care of. The service is fantastic, too. It is this combination that gives the restaurant its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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The food is as equally good. To start, we shared an antipasti board which had a variety of cured meats, cheese, olives and even two salads – a chargrilled vegetable salad and a kale slaw. I had never had a salad like either of these before, so it was great to try something new. For our main, we shared a hot salami pizza and the lamb and ricotta ravioli. The pizza was scattered with slices of salami and chillies and while it was enjoyable, I’d probably order a different one next time as my love of cheesy pizzas wasn’t fully satisfied by this meaty topping. The lamb and ricotta ravioli however, ticked every box for me. Often with ravioli, the filling can be a bit of a bland paste, but not this dish. You could actually see and taste the pieces of braised lamb and the accompanying sauce was so delicious, we didn’t leave a drop.

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Although by this stage, I was feeling quite full, I was not leaving until I tried the chocolate brownie. This rich and fudgey dessert is perfect for anyone who is a chocaholic like me. Ethan had the vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut arctic roll, which is a combination of gelato and cake. This is another good option for chocolate lovers and was the perfect way to end a great evening. We will definitely be returning to Jamie’s Italian Trattoria very soon.

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Location: Centenary Square, Church Street, Parramatta
Phone: 8624 6800
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 10pm (open from 7am/8am to serve hot and cold takeaway drinks) 
Price: Pizza and pasta range from $18 to $27