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  • 50 McLachlan Ave,
    Rushcutters Bay,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9361 6641,
  • Lunch Tue-Thu noon-3pm

    Dinner Tue-Thu 6pm-10.30pm, Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm, Sun noon-9.30pm


Popolo is "for the people", and the people of the leafy east have spoken: we like it, they say, keeping it busy every weekend with chic grey bobs and surprisingly expensive black tees. They're here for the charm that flows top-down from your deeply wine-savvy hosts, Fabio Dore and Flavio Carnevale. They're here for the spectacle of a Sydney Italian restaurant that does hip without the attitude. We pine a bit for the more rustic food of its early days, true; the trickiness of some of the newer dishes doesn't convince us (we're not here for lime-infused celery purée, for one). But the hits, when they come, remain palpable: a superb Sicilian-style focaccia flavoured with oregano and studded with green olives, say, or orecchiette and turnip tops made richer for winter with the addition of duck liver. The pizze remain mighty good. Desserts are still optional, but the wine list just keeps getting better. A win for the people.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $16-$29

    M $29-$35

    D $13-$16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Francesco Armillis



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