Happily, it lives up to expectations, the goey centre spilling on to the plate once the piping-hot pud is pierced, and our evening ends on a high note.
Before we’ve even settled the bill, we make plans to return to try the tiny Pendolino cafe at the front, which lists vincisgrassi — truffled chicken liver and Portobello mushroom lasagne — on its compact menu. Or if time is of the essence, we may even prop ourselves up at the bar for a swift aperitivo after work.
By offering consistently excellent regional Italian cuisine, smart service and a characterful atmosphere — and serving, at the same time, as a welcome bolthole for weary city workers who might just want a quick drink for the road — this sophisticated addition to the Sydney CBD has proved it means business. All Tables visits are unannounced and meals paid for.
Recipe for success: Pendolino offers excellent regional Italian cuisine with smart service in a warm and inviting atmosphere
Perfect pasta: Spinach and cheese ravioli