Highton’s renowned cafe and pizza bar Two Sugars, synonymous with authentic Italian cuisine and consummately professional and experienced service, has expanded at a new location, 146 Pakington St. “We basically came to Pako because of the demand for us to open a second store, renovations took ten weeks,” say the owners of Two Sugars, who are very happy with the outcome and commend the ‘fantastic team of Geelong tradies’ that made it happen. Like its sister establishment, Two Sugars Pakington Street offers diners a distinguishably Italian experience in warm, open surroundings with throwbacks to the restaurants heritage in black and white images of Mediterranean village life, traditional Italian coffee perculators on each table and a floor to ceiling map of the homeland with products listed within the region they’re sourced.
Both eateries feature the same menu as well as a traditional Italian wood fired pizza oven built by Valoriani Verace – a renowned brand that promises consistency and quality. Australian and International wines have been been carefully selected in consideration with the menu and are complemented by a wide range of local and international beers. An extensive lunch menu is available from midday and offers an array of meals from a light salt and pepper calamari or soup of the day to a choice of authentic pasta’s including Two Sugars own Linguine al Frutti di Mare – a generous and rich marinara. Quality Italian ingredients such as parmigano reggiano and Soppressa salami are abundant throughout the versatile menu; one which offers a unique forty-nine dollar option in the evenings, to chose any two pizzas that are then made on the same base and served as a half-metre sharing pizza. Modern siblings of authentic favourites are found in the pasta menu with a traditional beef and pork Bolognese sauce served with home-made ricotta gnocchi rather than spaghetti. A ‘bambini’ menu offers options for kids under 12 including a choice of one main, one dessert and one drink at $15, or a selection of favourites including Margherita and ham and pineapple pizzas and fish ’n chips. Two Sugars breakfast menu caters for the kids also, with a choice of eggs and bacon cooked to their liking and served with toast or pancakes with syrup and ice cream, both for $10.90. Childrens choices mimic favourites on the standard breakfast menu; one that’s proven to be an immense success for Two Sugars who are at the forefront of Geelongs breakfast and brunch culture. A personal favourite of mine is the Smoked Salmon Rosti, served with Kossies free range poached eggs and avocado on a toasted organic white sourdough with hollandaise source at $18.90. Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 2pm, with lunch from midday.
Two Sugars seasonal cuisine is prepared by a team of experienced chefs, head chefs Kirsten (Pako) and Ben (Highton) are some of the best in their trade. The team also includes Italian celebrity chef and runner up of Italy’s Hell’s Kitchen, Carmelo and head pizza chef Andrea, who are from Italy. Patrons are attended to by wait staff who follow the philosophy of a successful Italian eatery, providing a welcoming environment and ensuring enjoyable and memorable meals for all patrons. Two Sugars directors, management, and combined team of kitchen and front-of-house staff work to ensure the aromas, textures, and flavours of Italy are brought to Highton village and now Pakington Street by drawing on a wealth of experience cultured locally and internationally.
Two Sugars Highton and Pakington Street are open from 7am until 5pm Monday then 7am until late Tuesday through to Sunday. Both restaurants are fully licenced until midnight and offer a take away menu. Functions are available on request with an online submission form that can be found at www.twosugarscafe.com/functions.
Highton: 7/65-71 Barrabool Road, Ph: 03 5244 5711
Geelong West: 146 Pakington Street, Ph: 03 5221 0377
Story and photos by Danielle Shaw