Freddie Green’s offers coffee, cocktails and hearty Italian fare in Sydney’s inner-south precinct of Green Square. The all-day diner is on the ground floor of the Veriu hotel. But you don’t need to be sleeping over to order the buffet breakfast, which includes 63-degree eggs, hash browns, pastries and charcuterie.
Outside of breakfast, the menu leans hard on Italian comfort classics. Pizza and pasta are abundant. There’s fettuccine carbonara, gnocchi with blue cheese and walnuts, and a squid ink-linguine dotted with white chunks of spanner crab. The pizza list plays it less safe. In place of tomato bases, the bianca pizzas are slathered in a cheesy sauce. The porchetta comes with chunks of crackling roast pork, while the Siciliana is blanketed with mortadella from.
There’s plenty on offer besides pizza and pasta, like the grain-fed T-bone steak and the chicken cotoletta (schnitzel-equivalent). The burger comes with truffle-laced pecorino cheese.
Those looking for something to start, or simply an accompaniment to one of the many Italian wines and beers that make up the drinks list, can order burrata with cherry tomatoes, squid fritto and prosciutto with rockmelon from the antipasti menu. Have a sweet tooth? The Sicilian cannoli filled with airy vanilla ricotta or chocolate mascarpone doesn’t disappoint.
If you prefer cocktails, there’s a smoked-rosemary Negroni, apple-spiked Pisco Sour and a selection of spritzes. Our pick is the summer-ready limoncello variation, where Aperol is switched out for the citrusy Italian liqueur.