Capturing the vibrancy of Italian urban life, Matteo Downtown is set to open on Sydney’s Bond Street this August. Coming off the back of Matteo Double Bay, the new CBD concept plans to be a bigger, brighter version aimed at emulating the energy of all-day dining restaurants in cities like Milan or Rome.
Born out of the Adored Group, which includes Matteo Double Bay, The Island, The Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk; Adam Abrams, Orazio D’elia and Eddie Levy have targeted Sydney’s CBD for their latest venture with Matteo Downtown.
“We want to capture the essence of that big city lifestyle,” explains Abrams, “like Rome and Milan; there’s always something going on - people popping by for a drink and a snack, having a business meeting, or enjoying a long lunch that might turn into dinner or more drinks.”
Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together is chef Orazio D’elia’s philosophy, which is centred on traditional dishes, executed with exceptional skill. Matteo Downtown’s flavours will be focused on earthy and rich dishes from Northern Italy instead of the seafood-centred Matteo Double Bay.
Open weekdays from 7am for breakfast; guests can pick from a range of pastries, panini complimented with an Italian coffee, or choose from a full breakfast menu with a range of traditional Italian egg dishes, re-imagined by D’elia and his team. Continuing on from 11am-11pm will be an express menu, integrating itself into our busy lives. Grab oysters, salumi boards, pasta or a range of paninis and focaccias topped with fresh Italian produce.
If you cancel that meeting, you can treat yourself to something more leisurely in the dining room. Picture squid ink fregola, a Sardinian pasta similar to risotto, traditional osso bucco with saffron risotto or linguine vongole with sea urchin.
Sydney’s loving embrace of apertivi hour has been seen across the city. Matteo Downtown is aiming to bring the very best of the Italian snack culture to the CBD. From 4pm to 6pm guests will be able to take a seat at the bar, grab a wine, beer or seasonal spritz accompanied by complimentary snacks delivered on roaming trays. Snacks will showcase whatever produce D’Elia decides best on the day.
Bar Manager, Maurizio Furiani has been working behind the scenes to curate a list of bespoke Italian spirits, small batch liquors directly from Italy and a rotating range of seasonal spritz, craft Italian beer and house wine – all of which will be on tap.
Designed by Acme & Co, Matteo Downtown will hold a variety of experiences. The pace will feature an impressive wine wall made of nearly 300 bottles, with big names to bigger Italian reds, Australian varietals and natural wines. The stylish bar will be framed by an eye-catching installation of forty-four playfully vibrant works of Australian artist, Daimon Downey. The dining room will overlook the open kitchen, while the open terrace for alfresco dining invites guests to see out and watch the world fly by.
Opening this August
20 Bond Street, Sydney