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By the glass at AJO

Ajo! and eat... Ajo is Sardinian for let's go. I was lucky enough to go and spend last Friday lunch in the light and airy dining room of AJO at the Welcome hotel in Rozelle. Ajo has just retained its Chef Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food awards. And for good reason too. Ajo is a regional Italian styled restaurant that has a focus on Sardinia. Chef Daniel Mulligan's food philosophy is to cook food that is simple and seasonally driven, using only the freshest local ingredients. Daniel fine tuned his skills under the knowing eye of Giovanni Pilu for eight years as head chef of Giovanni's two Chef Hat restaurant Pilu at Freshwater. Well let me tell you this guy has skills,...

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What's not to love about Sardinia? Its emerald calm sea, white sand beaches with amazing rock formations, one of the best cuisines in the world and of course its amazing wine. No wonder Australians are falling in love with Sardinian wine and food. We recently were part of a Sardinian regional dinner at Capriccio on Norton Street, Leichhardt, which sold out weeks before. It was an amazing five course dinner with matched wines for $65! The food was outstanding and at that quality and value I have already booked myself in for the next series of dinners every first Tuesday of the month. Giovanni Pilu has his beautiful restaurant in Freshwater which has a cult following (if you haven't tried his roasted suckling...

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