Lunch daily noon-3pm;
Locale may lack a beach outlook, but this darkly handsome Italian has Hastings Street's most dramatic dining room, courtesy of huge garden windows with views of pandanus trunks and succulents. You'll glimpse faux wood-oven flames from the doorway - turn right into a snappy bar for all-day cocktails and cicchetti, garlic prawns or a pizza alla diavola, say, alight with spicy salami. A more formal dining space offers dressed tables, bentwood chairs and a banquette, with polished floor staff used to catering to out-of-towners' whims. The well-pitched drinks list blends Italian and Australian options. It's easy to match a glass with a savoury bottarga and sea urchin butter-boosted organic carnaroli risotto, dotted with shreds of spanner crab, or to complement a saffron-rich zuppa, brimful with king prawns, bugs and more. Desserts miss the spark of earlier dishes, so continue the Italian love affair with a trip to nearby Massimo's Gelateria.
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