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Otto Ristorante
Italian
  • The Wharf,
    6 Cowper Wharf Rd,
    Woolloomooloo,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9368 7488,
    ottoristorante.com.au
  • Daily noon-10.30pm

Otto Ristorante
-33.86763,151.221055

Here's a spot for sun-drenched lunches fuelled by white-peach Bellinis and bright antipasti. The glow of Otto's egg lamps has long drawn Sydney's glitterati, who flock here for the cashed-up marina vibe, snappy service and sensuous riffs on traditional Italian fare. There's polish in Richard Ptacnik's pasta offerings, as in twists of strozzapreti with juicy king prawns, robust chilli and a punchy calamari sauce, or black and white tagliolini dressed with garlic, chilli, scallops and cherry tomatoes. Seafood is also treated with finesse, be it braised octopus served atop a popping ensemble of fregola, roasted tomatoes and fennel, or a simple plate of well-seasoned barramundi, crisped in the pan and finished with a squeeze of lemon. There's edge in the desserts, especially a tropical panna cotta with coconut milk and coconut ice-cream. Pair all of that with a Montalto pinot grigio from the Italian-Australian list and you're living la dolce vita.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $18-$30

    M $38-$49

    D $18-$20;

    dégustation $140

     

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended

    BYO Tues
  • Chef:
  • Richard Ptacnik

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