Lunch Tue-Sat 12.30pm-2.45pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 6.30pm-10.15pm
If walls could talk, Lucio's might need to shut down, such are the classified conversations of Sydney's powerbrokers, media heavyweights and artists who've broken bread in its sunny dining rooms. Not only do they enjoy discretion among works from art royalty who've eaten and sketched here - John Olsen, Charles Blackman and Garry Shead, to name a few - but hospitality from a host with unrivalled warmth and innate civility. Lucio Galletto's passion is as high now as when the doors opened 34 years ago, and so are his standards. The service is impeccable, the wine list thoughtfully sourced from Australia and Italy, and the food itself like art. Pasta is a sure bet, whether it's the black handkerchiefs with cuttlefish, mussels and prawns, or beetroot ravioli with lean hare. Wagyu carpaccio with bagna cauda is a standout and you'll want more smoked duck salad with peach and almonds. More of everything, actually, because Lucio's gets better with age.