THE RESTAURANT PENDOLINO
LEVEL 2, THE STRAND ARCADE, 412-414 GEORGE ST, SYDNEY 9231 6117; PENDOLINO.COM.AU One of the city’s worst-kept secrets, this second-floor Strand Arcade restaurant is an Australian interpretation of the best of Italy.
The dimly lit dining room with Venetian wrought iron and double white tablecloths reminds us that the true art of restaurateuring and service should not be considered a dying one. It’s a grade-A experience. As with any experience, it’s all about value, and you’d be hard-pressed to get a better Italian feed in Australia thanks to the culinary nous displayed by owner Nino Zoccali and head chef Dean Worthy.
A sheet of pork crackling veils milk-braised belly and a sage and pistachio sausage on a bed of potato puree. Just stunning.
With a private dining room showcasing more than 20 Australian olive oils, pasta made daily in a purpose-built kitchen upstairs and a wine list that takes you to every point of the lady’s boot,The Restaurant Pendolino is world class, not just an Italian stallion.
■ Must-eat dish Hand-made spinach ravioli, burnt butter, sage
■ Cuisine Italian
■ Chefs Nino Zoccali & Dean Worthy
■ Price $$$$$
■ Bookings Yes
■ Open Lunch & dinner Mon-Sat
■ Instagram @therestaurantpendolino