You wouldn’t expect a restaurant with such a chic, modern-industrial fit out, with charismatic staff and playful Italian menu to be found in the centre of Liverpool, but maybe you should. Mac Street Diner is a fresh new Italian eatery changing expectations in the Liverpool area. Frank Agnilletta is the man behind other popular venues, Ristretto & Co and The Shed at Bigge Park, and is now turning his attention to the night-time trade.
“The area was crying out for something like this, I think that we really needed something like this.” Explains Frank.
The obvious question that people ask Frank is why Liverpool, why Sydney’s southwest? Frank grew up in the area, and considering he already has a few places in Liverpool, to him it all makes sense. It’s all part of a vision that he has for the area.
“People thought I was mad when I did the first one, It’s a growing area, and I’m trying to turn a part of Liverpool into a dining precinct, I’m trying to give people the kind of thing they’d see in the city, without having to go all the way there.” He tells.
You can expect a casual Italian experience from Mac Street Diner, polished enough to keep up with the very best of Sydney’s foodie elite, but inclusive enough for the local area. Frank has hired an ex-Merivale Pizzaiolo to bring the Neapolitan flavours in to Mac Street Diner, along with pasta’s such as Orecchiette with Broccolini and Nduja, or a classic Pappardelle braised Lamb Ragu. There is also a range of weekly specials and you can expect the menu to change seasonally.
“We’ve got a very small, tight, base menu, that we try to use the best local ingredients for, as well as running specials to highlight the produce. It’s pretty classic Italian, with the twist of modernisation.”
As far as drinks are concerned, there’s a list of Australian and Italian wines that Frank calls, extensive, as he and his team attempt to canvas all tastes. The cocktail list of course has Italian classics such as the Aperol Spritz, but will blend in their own house creations in to the mix. The fit-out is industrial and sleek, echoing the history and vibe of the ex-motorbike repair store and is decorated with a neon light in the hall that emanates the mantra of Mac Street Diner; here it’s all about local love.
Mac Street Diner
2/411 Macquarie Street, Liverpool.
Dinner: Wed-Sun from 5:30pm
Lunch: Fri-Sun from 12pm