Isabella and Joel from Berriedale’s Local Pizza really turned up the glamour on opening their Salamanca venture, Ti Ama. And we love it.
We were happy eating one of Hobart’s finest pizzas atthe bench seating in their casual, northern suburbs eatery off the inner-city cycleway at Berriedale. We’re happier we finally got over to their inner-city restaurant which has taken it to the next level with pizza and pasta, cocktails and a gorgeous interior design that features a mirror-tiled wood-fired pizza oven.
“We were so happy with how Local Pizza had been received that we wanted to do it all again and offer a greater range including spritz and fresh pastas! It was crazy work to open Ti Ama but we did it for the love of it, sharing our food and our passion for food, is what drives us. We are both so lucky to get to work with each other every day doing something we love,” Isabella Lubiana.
Ti ama – Italian for she/he loves you and it’s love that’s driving their expansionist agenda. It’s a beautiful thing.
“We believe that eating is really about love, it’s an Italian thing to put your love into food and share it with others,” she told us.
As you enter you face bar tables and the restaurant’s broad bar and on either side there is restaurant seating. Looking out over Castray Esplanade is the area you want for smaller groups. The rear of the restaurant is set up for gatherings including families with kids. Its black backdrop is painted with a jungle of colourful plants and birds. In the same theme of that pizza oven, disco ball predominate along with a massive neon declaration of love. The colour scheme is white, pink and olive green and it’s very pretty. The restaurant was designed by Joel and Isabella who also did most of the fit out including tiling that pizza oven.
The Two Girls arrived for our regular catch up. The Other Girl was late so This Girl had time to pour over the drinks menu, an adventure through a beautiful selection of spritz cocktails, house cocktails with the pineapple daiquiri catching my eye early; plantation pineapple rum, pineapple vinegar, fresh lime, falernim sugar and … love!
The Two Girls chose to go for the Pink Grapefruit mocktail. Generally, mocktails are like the poor cousin but you don’t feel like you’re missing out with these lovely drinks. The Other Girl followed her mocktail up with 2017 Glaetzer – Dixon Sur Lie Chardonnay from the Derwent Valley.
What we ate:
Bruschetta of Persian feta and sautéed mixed mushrooms, $14.
Garlic and chilli Australian prawns, chorizo, marscapone cream base, parsley, lemon zest, chilli, rocket, $28
Butter-fried gnocchi, sautéed seasonal mushrooms, pecorino, walnut crumb, $28
Polenta and blood orange torte, dark chocolate sorbetto, crunchy praline, $14.
Hold fire – the meal was so good, The Other Girl booked the following night with the Lovely Deputy and ‘I’m the arty one’ and they ate:
Margherita, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil, $22 with the addition of salami.
Tunnel Hill oyster musthrooms, free range leg ham, fontina, mozzarella, artichokes, tru e oil on a mushroom cream base, $26.
Pork shoulder braised in Bruny Island pepper berry, roasted fennel, provolone, mozzarella, touch of chilli, pork crackle crumbs, $26.
Maxi-Buono, house-made semifreddo ice cream sandwich, almond chocolate dip, $14.
We were all impressed by the pizzas which seemed lighter with a great chew (like a good bagel) and perhaps even a little better than Local Pizza.
“The doughs are very similar but due to the smaller size of the Ti Ama bases they cook differently and perhaps more consistently smaller,” Isabella said.
And like the Local pizzas, they have the perfect quantity of toppings with creative combinations on thoughtful, creamy bases. The prawns packed a good amount of heat. The mushroom pizza was intensified with the oil – for truffle fans only. The pork shoulder and margherita were great all-rounders. The pasta dish was a ripper, fluffy parcels of pasta with gorgeous mushrooms and textual accompaniment of the nutty crumbs.
Leave room for dessert. The chocolate sorbetto was a rich cocoa delight and the Maxi Bueno was super-fun.
The Two Girls are big fans. Ti Ama has good service, food, drinks and aesthetic in spades.
Do yourself a favour.
Find Ti Ama 13 Castray Esplanade Battery Point.
We recently revisited another Italian restaurant in the precinct – Maldini.
Here’s our post about their first restaurant – Local Pizza.