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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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $24-$29

    M $33-$42

    D $16-$17

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Andy Davies


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