A cool take on hot Italian
I admit – I am massively positively biased towards this place, as it is heavily inspired by my home island, Sardinia. Popolo is a place I love to go back to. Also, I like the fact that it is removed from the main areas (though it is conveniently close), so it feels like a find when you get there.
The restaurant is cool, with soft low lights and an intimate feel. The atmosphere is relaxed yet vibrant – probably because of the mix of table and bar dining it feels like this place is happening without being overwhelming or chaotic. The food is delicious and whilst from a first glance the menu might look traditionally and unimaginatively Italian (ravioli, pasta, pizzas, buffalo mozzarella, etc), each dish is a modern (often fusion) take on each of the well known flavours and combinations of my homeland.
My favourites include the burrata (think buffalo mozzarella to the power of ten) as a starter, and rabbit ragu pasta as a main. The wine list is extensive and caters for all budgets.
If you are visiting Sydney and want to impress your travelling companions with a ‘local find’ check Popolo out – you will not regret it.
Another fantastic nearby Italian option is A Tavola.
View: www.popolo.com.au; Visit: 50 Mclachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, NSW, 2011, (same courtyard as Lexus, across the road from BMW); Call: +61 2 9361 6641; Email: email@example.com; Open: Tue-Sun lunch & dinner from midday, Sat & Sun breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8am; Wallet: starters from $20, mains from $30.