At 13 years old, when many children have no idea what their future looks like, Albi Cuni left school and enrolled into one of the leading hospitality schools in Italy. Whilst boys his age were playing soccer, Albi was learning the roots of Italian and French cuisine.
Albi’s keen enthusiasm to learn saw him leave home at the age of 16 to travel Europe where he worked under the supervision of two and three Michelin Star chefs. To widen his repertoire, he took extra courses learning the fine arts of chocolate, sugar, pastry and molecular cuisine, and in 2009 he also completed a sommelier course.
In 2013 Albi came to Australia to work under the instruction of Peter Gilmore at renowned three hatted Sydney restaurant, Quay. It was here that he learnt to be inspired by nature, something that would later shine within his own catering company. Albi started operations of Albi’s Table in 2015, providing fine dining services to customers in the comfort of their own homes.
Five months later, after much success, Albi expanded his offering and opened a restaurant of the same name. With an atmosphere that can only be described as ‘very Italian’, Albi’s Table is friendly, funny and noisy – just like a big Italian family. The Italian staff will happily chat you through the menu, comprised of traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes.
Waste no time and snack on homemade sourdough with truffle butter, oil and olives while you peruse the entrees. Order some crispy arancini stuffed with pumpkin and served with gorgonzola sauce and toasted walnut crumbs, or zucchini flowers stuffed with four cheeses, mushroom and thyme. Nonna’s meatballs are sure to please the whole family, topped with melted cheese and crunchy bread.
In true Italian style a primi of pasta should be next on the menu. Be torn between homemade pillows of potato gnocchi with prawns, garlic, chilli, fresh tomato and rocket, or the Sardinian pasta with pulled lamb shoulder ragu. Mains include a slow-cooked fresh seafood pot with black and green olives, a rich tomato sauce and fresh bread, and a crispy suckling pig served with sauteed kale, roast potatoes, pickled beetroot and jus.
The dessert menu is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Traditional cannoli are filled with creamy Italian custard and white chocolate, served on a bed of chocolate sauce and pistachio ice cream. For a caffeinated hit, tuck into the affogato with vanilla ice cream, espresso, a hazelnut shot, homemade biscuits and a homemade chocolate tart.
Their knowledgeable Sommelier, Angelo, has been working hard to source some amazing Italian wines and put together a great wine list for the restaurant – or you can BYO for a small corkage fee. Non-alcoholic options also include a range of San Pellegrino Italian sodas.
The restaurant is small and unassuming, nestled amongst shops within Cronulla Mall. Inside is cosy and rustic, with wooden chairs and tables filling the main dining area and dim lighting warming the central share table.
With an authentic menu and wait staff to match, Albi’s Table is one Italian restaurant you don’t want to miss.