When it comes to diversity, few foods can beat zucchini. While other ingredients serve maybe one or two purposes in the kitchen, zucchini is the seasonal squash that can feature in any main meal, side dish or even starters. This is why a number of Italian restaurants in Sydney have added a number of quirky, tasty zucchini dishes to their menus, showing just how versatile the veg can be.
1. Zucchini Spaghetti
Let's start with perhaps the most zucchini-friendly restaurant in all of Sydney – About Spicer. In addition to typical North American cuisine such as burgers, hot dogs and tacos, this Woollahra establishment also specialises in gluten free, vegetarian, low-carb Zucchini Spaghetti. There are a total of five different Zucchini Spaghetti dishes you can order from About Spicer, so all palettes are represented here. For instance, you may want something simple and opt for Napolitana with cherry tomatoes and halloumi, or if you fancy something a little more extravagant, then the Napolitana with Danish feta on a bed of crunchy onion, capsicum, paprika, coriander and Za'Atar spice is probably best for you.
2. Zucchini Fritters
Of course, not everyone is such a big fan of zucchini that they want an entire main meal made up of the vegetable. If you're new to the world of zucchini and you want a sample before getting the big-deal meal then we recommend heading over to Parea. There you'll find Greek dishes, traditional BBQ and plenty of gluten free options, as well as Zucchini Fritters, which are simply a mezedes so you can get a taste for zucchini.
3. Zucchini Balls
As diverse as zucchini is, there's no reason it can't be the star of its own dish. More often than not, it often appears in starters or side dishes, unless of course it is taking the form of spaghetti. Over at Mister Zee Zee's they've decided to offer patrons Zucchini Balls as a side dish, which is sure to go perfectly with many of the other main dishes that the establishment offers. There are mixed grills, a dozen delicious kebab options, innovative burger concoctions and plenty of other tasty dishes to choose from, and pairing them with a side of Zucchini Balls will just make the meal even better.
4. Gamberi Pizza
Finally, we have to include a delicious zucchini dish from Italian restaurant Macchiato. We've mentioned Macchiato before as one of the most stylish Sydney restaurants to visit for a special occasion, and for good reason, as their dishes are absolutely top notch. Their classic Italian menu covers everything from antipasti to pasta, as well as meaty burgers, seafood meals and risotto. Of course, as an Italian restaurant, Macchiato also has a wide range of wood fired pizzas, which includes the gorgeous Gamberi pizza with garlic prawns, basil, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and of course, chargrilled zucchini.
For even more quirky, tasty zucchini dishes head over to Deliveroo and check out the restaurants in your area.