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Otto Ristorante
  • The Wharf,
    6 Cowper Wharf Rd,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9368 7488,
  • Daily noon-4pm & 6pm-10.30pm

Otto Ristorante

The best Italian cooking captures occasion and place, and Richard Ptacnik nails this with impressive style. The setting helps - harbour views from the restored wharf, linen-dressed tables, service like a well-oiled, very personable machine, a constant, celebrity-sprinkled crowd - but it's Ptacnik's skilled use of great Australian ingredients in modish European style that anchors Otto. Char-grilled ox tongue is teamed with marinated artichokes and pickled vegetables; cured ocean trout shares a plate with crisp fish skin, roe and a fennel and iceplant salad. Don't miss the pasta - perhaps conchiglie tossed with rabbit ragù or tagliolini with scampi and cherry tomatoes. Then again, the slow-cooked lamb with anchovy mayo will vie for your affection. Desserts keep it modern-classic - blackcurrant panna cotta, for example - while the Italo-Aussie wine list and superb service provide further reason to hang harbourside longer.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $20-$30

    M $37-$46

    D $19-$21 

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Richard Ptacnik



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