We went here on a recommendation, and initially we were pretty impressed with the place. Great old Victorian building, with lots of classy shops. The restaurant also looked promising, although a bit on the dark and gloomy side, and the staff (all Italian) seemed happy enough to see us.
Unfortunately it turned out to be stereotypical 'generic Italian', geared to the tourist market, and the food was average at best. I ordered the pizza (again on a recommendation), and my colleague ordered a pasta dish. The pasta was actually pretty good, although not great, but the pizza (supposedly 'Roman style, dough fermented for 24 hours, blah, blah, blah....) was complete rubbish. Soggy, lukewarm, and covered with a mess of oily peppers, and slices of anonymous salumi - we might as well have gone to Pizza Hut, had something cheap and cheerful, and saved ourselves some money ;(
Staff seemed semi-competent at best; fussy manager lady, busy; busy; busy, but not much use.
Wine list good but quite expensive. We each had a glass of Pinot Grigio which was about $16. Okay wine, but nothing special - probably cost them about $12 a bottle.
Can't recommend this place, there are plenty of better genuine Italian restaurants in Sydney, and if La Rosa was anywhere in Rome it wouldn't last a week, as no self-respecting Italian puts up with high prices for badly cooked food, most especially pizza!
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