Everything’s bigger out West. Candelori’s, situated in an unassuming strip of shops in Smithfield, is no exception. Pushing open the enormous door, you enter a vast, 270-seater space that employs polished concrete pillar panels and floors to give a monumental feel that summons Utzon. The menu and wine list are equally big. You’re offered five bruschette; and four carpaccio; each under their own menu sub-header. Beef Carpaccio ($24) is classic: wafer thin sirloin, snap-fried capers, rocket, lemon juice, olive oil, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. It’s eclipsed only when a skillet of the plumpest Baked Figs ($24) arrive, wrapped in prosciutto and oozing Gorgonzola. A soft 2013 Il Conte ‘Navicchio Offida’ Pecorino DOCG ($14/glass) comes highly recommended by the fast-moving, black-clad floor team. People are out the back making fresh pasta; on a Sunday. Ergo it’s a requirement; be it rustic, ribbon-cut egg Pappardelle ($28) with rich, chunky osso buco ragu, or aread more
A typical Italian place where you can get Nono and Nonas making comfort food. The pasta are amazing, sauce, texture and aroma makes you think of Italy. The only negative thing is that it's always busy during the weekend so make sure you book or go during the weekdays ??
We dined at Candelori's recently for an engagement party and were very happy and satisfied with the menu selections and portion sizes. As a larger group our menu was pre-selected which made for a smooth dining experience with attentive waiters, great service and lovely food. With a Warm, family friendly atmosphere you will want to come back here for sure if out that way.