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The guild is the result of an evolution of a concept store. We begun our business in August 2014 with the Coffee Guild, a Milanese style cafe' with imported espresso machines and various brewing equipment. Our main goal was to be able to expand and mutate towards a fully licensed Italian restaurant. Our mission is "To save you a trip to Italy" with our original Italian food and imported wines, foods and chefs.
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service
We had high expectations based on the excellent reviews, and we were certainly not disappointed. The menu contained all the traditional pasta and pizza favourites, but our entrees of lightly seared tuna and scallops, with flavours like coconut and lime (and potato juice!) were fantastic,...and absolutely not what we expected. The gnocchi and salad we shared were also excellent, as was the complex affogato desert. The wine list is extensive, the ambience was fine, service could not be faulted, and price was reasonable for the quality of the meals presented. I'm struggling to find anything that was less than perfect, but maybe some additional wines could be available by the glass as well as by the bottle. The owner Stefano was very generous with his time to explain the menu and check how we were going with our meal. Bravo!More
We were recommended The Guild by numerous people, so our expectations were of, at least, pretty good food.
Unfortunately, they were underwhelmed.
The restaurant itself is fine. A small establishment in a local shopping village. Comfortable, albeit they kept the door open all evening despite...the cold.
The waitstaff were pleasant and tried their best.
The food was the primary issue. Our entree was incredibly generous, which was lovely, but was something we could have put together ourselves at home. I couldn’t tell whether the cheese was locally sourced or store bought etc.
Our mains were pretty terrible. Meat was all at once very dry and over cooked, but at the same time, the fat wasn’t rendered, leading to a tough and chewy exterior. Edible but not enjoyable.
The pizza was severely disappointing. It is certainly a trend to produce a pizza that is almost a pool of liquid on the plate, and in that sense, this pizza was very trendy. Very, very wet, cheese and sauce essentially mixed together into a puddle on the plate as soon as you moved a slice. The crust was crispy enough, but the base was completely sodden because of just how wet the topping was. It was also relatively flavourless.
The desserts were...not recommendable. It appeared they were trying to do modern twists on classic dishes, when they should have stuck to basics. Tiramisu, when done classically and well, is perfectly delicious. This ‘take’ on tiramisu was plain, dull, devoid of everything that makes a tiramisu indulgent (the taste of coffee, the sponge). Thin, dry slices of ‘sponge’ (ie biscuit) between sandwiches of flavourless cream, topped with a small quirt of what I assume was intended to be a coffee syrup, does not a tiramisu make.
To add insult to injury was the price. We paid around $150 dollars for two people, which is what we would pay in a big city establishment for significantly better food. We would have found the food more forgiving if they weren’t pricing themselves like a genuinely great inner Sydney Italian.
These are all relatively easy fixes, and I think The Guild would be a lovely spot if the menu was reworked. Pizza should not lack its structural integrity, and meat should not be overlooked with under rendered fat. Basic technique problems that can easily be fixed, to complement a nice location and interior and a friendly, attentive floor staff.More
Date of visit: May 2021
stevino, Owner at The guild., responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2021
Thank you for spending some time describing your experience.
Clearly you didn't enjoy your meal and I am sorry about it. The fact that you have not spoken to my manager on the night about your experience makes it hard to correct the issues and...More
The staff and the ambience were great, the drinks were great, but unfortunately the meal was somewhat inconsistent. We had eaten there before, and that time it was fabulous. This time however we were with friends that had a difficult dietary requirement and so we...had carefully checked the menu online and notified the restaurant in advance, but tonight the menu was completely different to what was online and it threw our friend somewhat. Their partner ordered the pork belly as the main, but when it arrived it was literally burned to a crisp- no chef I know would have put that in a plate. The inner part was able to be eaten, albeit very dry, but the rest was completely inedible. The staff were very busy so our friend didn’t feel comfortable sending the meal back, as it would have meant that their meal would have been out of sync with ours. My meal of grilled seafood had 3 lovely small calamari tubes, 3 scallops, but the 3 tiny prawns were dry and over cooked, the octopus was completely unrecognisable as such with no suckers, and was a stingy little 3cm bit that was so dry it tasted like old chicken. The salmon was over cooked and dry. There was nothing else on the plate, not even some lemon to put on the seafood. I would have expected much better than this for the price of $42! My friends risotto was more like a sloppy soup, but she said the flavour was nice. The expensive broccolini side was nice in flavour but over cooked so the dish was full of water which detracted from the creaminess. My husband’s lamb rack was however perfect. Then the desserts, again inconsistent: the pannacotta was excellent, but my “deconstructed tiramisu” while nice simply wasn’t a tiramisu: there was no coffee at all except 6 drops decorating along the edge of the plate, certainly not enough to give any coffee flavour to the dish which was really 3 (very nice) tuille biscuits with what tasted like pannacotta sandwiched between. At the end, despite showing the waitress the poor pork meal when she took the plates away there was no apology or recognition. I would have expected an offer of a coffee or a rebate on the bill as a goodwill gesture, especially since the meals are not cheap. We probably won’t be back, as if you are paying top dollar for a meal you want to be sure you can rely on a well cooked meal.More
We recently visited Milton and had the good fortune to select The Guild for dinner. Being huge fans of Italian food and having visited Italy many times, it was a delightful surprise to find in The Guild a refreshingly interesting Italian menu coupled with superb...wine suggestions and exceptional service.
This really is an excellent restaurant and we cannot recommend it enough.
Just superb all round!More
I have travelled to Italy several times and eaten at many Italian restaurants in Australia. I would have to say that The Guild has been the best Italian I've eaten outside of Italy. Really, it was fabulous! I am still thinking about the antipasto platter...and pizza I savoured 2 weeks ago. It is authentic and just like a pizza you would have in Rome, Venice, Siena, Greve, or Florence. The antipasto platter was excellent. The deli meats were just so good. My husband loved his pork belly; it was very meaty and flavourful. If you are in the area, GO!More
This wine bar and restaurant in Milton is great spot serving seasonal and authentic Italian food.
We visited on a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was fully booked, so we are glad we had booked ahead. Despite the full restaurant, service was efficient and meals...came in a timeline manner.
The restaurant set up has a couple of bar tables out front, outdoor dining in the courtyard and indoors. The kitchen is in a separate space across the courtyard but the open kitchen style meant you could see the chefs in action busily working away and the huge woodfired oven for their pizzas.
Head chef Filippo Cozzani has curated a menu boasting interesting Northern Italian dishes that were rustic in their flavours and creation, yet modern and fine dining like in their presentation. They use Italian imported products and wines to provide an authentic
Beginning with some outstanding wood fired scallops; with a soy and parsley emulsion, lime
foam and a black squid ink coral. The flavour combinations worked beautifully and the scallops were cooked to perfection.
The “Riso, patate e Cozze” was a potato rice dish that is a starchy / congee like consistency, flavoured with a good amount of lemon and zest with plump mussels sitting in the mix, presented with the squid ink corals and drizzled with a parsley chlorophyll dressing. It was an interesting dish that we haven’t seen before but it was definitely enjoyable.
The eggplant dish was a charred eggplant filled with roasted vegetables; such as potato, onion sitting on a red capsicum mayonnaise. The charring of the eggplant gave the dish a good smokiness too it and the medley of vegetables were nice and softly roasted. It would be good to have this come with a slice of bread to mop up the extra sauce.
We also had the “vegan maccheroni”, the pasta tossed in a zucchini and pesto sauce. A good vegan dish and for those not vegan, it comes with goats cheese, which probably steps this dish up another level.
There’s so many different dishes we would have happily ordered as well as a long list of woodfired pizzas. This does give us the incentive to return in the future.
They use certified organic flour and can also make pastas gluten free if needed.
On our visit we didn’t have the space for desserts; but if you so, there’s your traditional Italian options like tiramisu, pannacotta or Nutella calzones.
Drink wise, it is a bar so there’s an extensive wine list with plenty of Italian varieties and we like that the menu lists the best pairing for each food option. Plenty of beers and cocktails too that complements the dining experience.More
Response from stevino84 | Property representative |
Yes we have Rummo gluten free Italian pasta and you can have it with all the sauces available but due to possible gluten contamination in the oven and around the pizza bench we do not take the responsability of serving GF... More
Yes we have Rummo gluten free Italian pasta and you can have it with all the sauces available but due to possible gluten contamination in the oven and around the pizza bench we do not take the responsability of serving GF bases. see you soon Stefano
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