Fiasco Ristorante + Bar

Restaurant & Catering Awards

Restaurant and Catering Awards

Best Italian Restaurant Northern NSW

Restaurant of the Year Northern Region 2010

Best Italian Restaurant Northern Region 2010

Best Regional NSW Italian Restaurant 2010

NSW Best Italian Restaurant Northern Region 2009

NSW Best Wine List Comprehensive Northern Region 2009

Best Regional NSW Italian Restaurant 2009

Wine List Of The Year Awards

Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards (2013)

Fiasco Ristorante + Bar - recommended - two glasses awarded

This wine list continues to dazzle, starting with an extra-dry prosecco and a serious lambrusco, then offering indigenous varieties such as falanghina (Campania), erbaluce (Piedmont), vermentino (Sardinia), and nero d'avola (Sicily) and aglianico (Basilicata). The list is mainly Italian and Australian; endlessly fascinating and well-chosen.

Good Food Guide 2013

Good Food Guide (2013)

Fiasco Ristorante + Bar
score 14/20 awarded













Wine List Of The Year Awards

Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards (2012)

Fiasco Ristorante + Bar - recommended - two glasses awarded

A salute to mainly Italian wines here with a list that has an abundance of descriptions to get you beyond any unfamiliar names. So whether you're choosing home or away bottles, you're always in the know. Local Italian wine makers and those in pursuit of Italian styles and varieties are also showcased.

Wine List Of The Year Awards

Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards (2011)

Fiasco Ristorante + Bar - recommended - one glass awarded

Fiasco's Italian heritage is evident with this finely focused list. The excellent by-the-glass selection comes with appropriate commentary and the depth of Italian wines is to be admired with superb offerings from Friuli to Sicily and everywhere in between. It's a joy to explore.

Sydney Morning Herald, Good Food Guide (2011)

Score 14.5/20

It's not every day you find an Italian restaurant of this quality and consistency hidden in a busy coastal hub such as Coffs. Nestled on the ground-floor corner of a newish apartment block, the simple columned space opens onto a private courtyard garden filled with herbs and flowers where the kids are invited to run riot (which they do). An entree of salt cod 'mousse' with heirloom tomatoes is a simple treat, while cacciucco alla Livornese (seafood stew) shows a deft hand with a light, fragrant broth that supports rather than overpowers the seafood - although it could make more of local produce. Fiasco is decidedly family friendly, with its separate 'pasta e risotto' section and a pizza menu (the central column that divides the kitchen from the dining room also doubles as a wood-fired oven). Staff are attentive, knowledgeable and charming, and chocolate mousse encased in a chocolate shell, with sour cherry semifreddo and pistachio praline, ensures everyone goes home happy.

Wine List Of The Year Awards

Gourmet Traveller Wine List of the Year Awards (2010)

Fiasco Ristorante + Bar - recommended - one glass awarded

This certainly makes the mouth water with a terrific collection of Italian wines to complement the food and the vibe. It doesn't lose the relaxed feel, either, with a swathe of more familiar Australian styles, regions and names to ensure wider appeal.

Sydney Morning Herald, Good Food Guide (2010)

Score 14/20
Who would know it was here? Fiasco is a genuine regional treasure, complete with incongruous location (by the railway line, under an apartment block). A name change, from Caffe Fiasco, refelcts its very Italian focus on dining rather than snacking. With a leafy herb garden and lot of outdoor areas around a central kitchen, the ambience is firmly family-oriented, with wood-fired and good house gelato - almondy cassata with fruit pieces, dark chocolate and hazelnut-flecked bacio - to tempt all ages and stages. There's a serious adult menu, too, with seafood, intelligent pasta combinations and meaty mains, sich as excellent duck with chickpea puree and a sweet-sour caponata. Flavours are uncompromisingly Italian, with a few frills: a balsamic-dressed frisee salad zings with the textural contrasts of proscuitto, peach, mozzarella and pistachio. Spaghetti alle vongole is sea-salty with bottarga, cherry tomatoes and diced zucchini. A tomatoey cacciuco (fish soup) comes, as it should, with toasty bruschetta. Service sparkles with proficiency and charm.

Sydney Morning Herald, Good Food Guide (2009)

Score 14/20
Caffe Fiasco is anything but. Family-run with passion, intelligence and casual warmth, this popular restaurant easily outshines others around Coffs Harbour jetty. the appeal may come from the authentic Italian food on offer, including wonderful thin-based pizza with high quality toppings. Perhaps it's due to the unassumingly cool atmosphere, which attracts both families and trendy young socialites. In any case, the occasional train rattling by doesn't lessen the lure of house-made ravioli filled with ricotta and lemon and covered with a creamy saffron sauce. Black Tasmanian mussels with cherry tomato and garlic soaked in rich tomato sugo, like many dishes, features herbs from the little garden bordering the restaurant. Pici con la nana is memorable: long, rolled pasta tubes with tomato sauce, pieces of slow cooked duck and a subtle sweetness from white truffle honey. Just when you think it can't get any better, tiny profiteroles covered in warm chocolate sauce prove you wrong.

Sydney Morning Herald, Good Food Guide (2008)

Score 14/20
This inside/outside space inhabits the bottom floor of a sleek apartment building and exudes the vigour and style that's peculiar to beautifully run Italian restaurants. Accomplished waiters expound upon the extensive daily specials list, well-dressed couples drink Campari while perusing the menu, and happy families munch on great pizza. Fritto misto is simple and spectacular: fried whitebait, calamari, prawns, fat asparagus spears and batons of sweet zucchini are crisp and flavoursome, with a little squeeze of lemon and excellent aïoli. A classic risotto Milanese is finished with gorgonzola, saffron and zucchini slivers, so it's lush but not overwhelming. Thin Roman focaccia, straight from the oven, is deliciously chewy and salty. Grilled whole baby snapper slips off the bone. Topped with toasty scraps of fresh pasta, it comes with an excellent bowl of cripsy potatoes and buttered beans. Very good, house-made gelato is a cool way to wrap up an excellent meal.