If you loved this spot as Foley Lane, you should breathe easier knowing that Nathan Moses and Julian Marchetto are still very much behind this new incarnation. They’ve switched out Spanish for Italian; added a cheeky mural to encourage you to drink more wine; and made your choice of aperitif easy by having both Negroni ($16) and Aperol Spritz ($14) on tap. The boys have installed Head Chef Lachlan Robinson (who has cooked at Pendolino) in the kitchen, so you can expect contemporary Italian eats. There’s still the option to treat the space as a bar, grazing across small plates like Bucatini and Provolone Croquettes ($8/2 pieces). Or you can pop in on the way home from work for the ‘Pasta of the Day’ – Beetroot and Tarragon Risotto ($24) topped with braised lamb shoulder – with a glass of vino. The vividly magenta risotto is well complemented by the 2012 L’Isola Bianco ($15/glass), a Sicilian inzolia blend, whose coastal crispness slices through lamb fat. Offset the rich burnt butter sins of perfectly formed Pumpkin Ravioli ($22) by an Ocean Trout Carpaccio ($18), scattered with dill, capers and tiny dabs of sour cream. Alternatively just visit for a nightcap – maybe Amaro with crisp quartet of Cannoli ($12) oozing sweetened ricotta, or an even better Salted Caramel Semifreddo ($12).
371-373 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
Bar, Cocktails, Italian $$-$$$