Having opened its doors last week, Matteo Downtown is treating Sydneysiders to life in the Italian city. Drawing on the style of all-day dining familiar to Romans and the Milanese, this is modern Italian for the big smoke.
From 7am the creations of Chef Orazio D’Elia can be sampled at the bar or on the go. For those after a traditional pastry to go with an espresso, pasticceria such as sfogliatella, cartocci siciliani or fagottini are baked in house and served on a trolley cart. For a more Sydney-style breakfast, traditional Italian egg dishes have been updated for the local appetite with a Roman take on shakshuka and cacio e pepe scrambled eggs.
For lunch, Matteo Downtown also embraces the dynamism of its location on Bond St. There are paninis or simple pastas for those on the move, or more extravagant options that take cues from D’Elia’s upbringing in the south of Italy and his culinary travels through the north. The raison d’être is quality ingredients prepared in a way that maximises their inherent flavour. Standout dishes include cappelletti with butter, marjoram and Sicilian pecorino dolce and linguine vongole with sea urchin.
Unique aspects of Matteo Downtown that elevate it above other CBD diners include the dedicated mozzarella bar and two brick-style pizza ovens that not will not only turn out deliciously soft pizzas but also give a charcoal and smoked flavour to Ranger Valley ribeye steak and king prawns with bottarga. Future plans include utilising the rotisserie for whole suckling pigs or capretto lamb that will need to be ordered 24 hours in advance.
Continuing Sydney’s love for Italian aperitivo culture, Matteo Downtown will be serving a selection of wine, beer and cocktails from 4-6pm, along with a rotating selection of complimentary snacks. Drinks are curated by bar manager Maurizio Furiani and head sommelier Chiara Danieli, with cocktails using time-honoured Italian flavours and seasonal ingredients while wines lean towards Italian organics and Australian varietals and natural wines.
Designed by ACME, the space flows from the open terrace which invites alfresco dining to the intimate dining room which has views of the energy of the open kitchen. The bar itself is surrounded by artworks by Daimon Downey, who has taken cue from vintage Italian posters.
An institution in itself, Matteo Downtown has set to redefine urban life.
20 Bond St
Mon – Fri, 7am – 12am
Sat, 5pm – 12am