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Giovanni Pilu

Giovanni was always destined to cook. Born in Sardinia, he arrived in Australia in 1992, aged 20, full of enthusiasm and passion for the unique flavours of his homeland. At Pilu at Freshwater, Giovanni uses authentic products imported from across Italy, together with fresh local produce, presenting a menu that is refined and innovative whilst maintaining the strict traditions of the cuisine of his island home.

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dined on Fri, 13 Sep 2019

Very good food like always but the 5-course meal was not enough food. Perhaps because we had the 30% off deal we got less food. Especially the 'main’ course was too little.

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

Great location and very friendly service

dined on Fri, 16 Aug 2019

We are regular customers, and each visit is a joy to look forward to.

dined on Sun, 11 Aug 2019

Nice location with atmosphere for Sunday lunch.
Hello Mario Thank you for your kind words We hope to welcome you back soon
Restaurant Pilu At Freshwater responded on Fri, 23 Aug 2019
Kylie Bergin

dined on Sat, 10 Aug 2019

The whole experience was amazing and we will defiantly be going back. Thank you Fork for the 50% special
Hello Kylie, Thank you so much for your review. I will be honoured to pass on your feedback to the whole team We really do hope to see you again soon
Restaurant Pilu At Freshwater responded on Fri, 16 Aug 2019

dined on Sat, 10 Aug 2019

Fabulous views. Delicious degustation experience. Impeccable service, we always enjoy our dining in Pilu.

dined on Fri, 9 Aug 2019

Excellent evening - we will definitely come back again. Great service - sommelier was brilliant and the recommended wine was a a perfect choice to complement our food. Wonderful evening from start to finish!
Andries Schreuder

dined on Fri, 9 Aug 2019

This was my 3rd time at Pilu so I was already going in excited to see a new menu. But the 5 course degustation undeniably blew me away beyond my steady high expectations. I was utterly speechless, especially with the Sardinian pastry dessert. I will be coming back here time and time again.
Thank you so much for your amazing score and review I will be honoured to pass on your feedback to the team We really hope to see you again soon
Restaurant Pilu At Freshwater responded on Fri, 23 Aug 2019
Sarah Bowe

dined on Thu, 8 Aug 2019

I had the most amazing birthday here. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable on all the foods. The degustation was absolutely delicious and the wine was also. Thank you so much to everyone at Pilu on the night for making my birthday so special.

dined on Wed, 7 Aug 2019

Incredible! We did the 8 course degustation with wine paring. What a delicious trip through Italy! The pork is a an absolute must!
Hello Emily, We are delighted you enjoyed our degustation menu and the matching wine We hope to see you again soon
Restaurant Pilu At Freshwater responded on Fri, 16 Aug 2019
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Melbourne Cup At Pilu

Enjoy the thrill of the race on the big screen, prizes for best dressed ladies and gents along with sweepstakes on the day. Assaggini and a 3 course menu $105 per person. We request that you provide credit card details as a guarantee for your booking. If you fail to show up, or cancel your reservation without sufficient notice (at least 48 hours before the reservation time), the restaurant will charge a $105 per person no show fee.
05 Nov 2019
Tue 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Christmas Lunch 2019

Join us to celebrate Christmas and enjoy a delicious lunch of assaggino plus 4 courses and petit fours. $265 per adult. Children's menu available, $80 per child under 12 years of age. Seating times available at 11.30am or 11.45am until 2.00pm OR at 2.30pm or 2.45pm until 5.00pm. Credit card details are required to secure the reservation. 50% of the payment will be charged two weeks prior. The payment will become non-refundable if you fail to show up or cancel within two weeks of the reservation.
25 Dec 2019
Wed 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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About Pilu At Freshwater

A sight for sore eyes… Pilu offers the best of both worlds: vibrant, thrilling, sunshiny flavours from chef Giovanni Pilu’s Sardinian homeland, combined with some irresistible Sydney sand and surf. This award winning Italian restaurant set on Freshwater Beach is a sight for sore eyes. Walk up the stairs of the grand weatherboard beauty and you’ll feel like you’re visiting your friend's beach house for dinner. Sit down in the window seat with point blank views of the beautiful beach with some crumbed smoked eel balls with baby mussels and you’ll quickly remember that you’re in the very capable hands of Pilu himself, with his years of expertise and modern flair making its way into each and every dish. Pilu has character and charm but oozes warmth and comfort. The desserts are almost as breathtaking as the views so do yourself and favour and order the corbezzolo honey mousse, spiced sponge, roasted macadamias and a Sardinian beer sorbet. It will be true icing on the cake after a memorable meal and superb service. Best dish: corbezzolo honey mousse.



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