As mentioned previously on this blog, High St Bistro in Willoughby was taken over by Alessandro Pavoni’s team and has recently been re-branded as Via Alta with the menu being largely ‘Italianised’. It seems that the people of the North Shore have been quick to welcome this updated edition, as it is almost impossible to get a booking on a Saturday evening without calling days ahead and when we did eventually manage a late table on a Sunday night, the place was packed. Having checked out the menu prior to turning up, I had already picked out the crostini with lardo and truffle honey to start.
‘Respect thy Produce’ is the motto of High St. Bistro, a local neighbourhood favourite on the lower north shore, which was recently bought over by the folk from Ormeggio at The Spit. As a long-time fan of Alessandro Pavoni since his days as Executive Chef at the Park Hyatt, I was looking forward to sampling some more of his team’s produce.