Last year, Merivale took its magic wand and waved it at Newport's biggest harbourside pub, The Newport, effectively giving Northern Beach dwellers a new place to Sunday session. This year, Newport scores again with a new Italian hotspot, complete with its own wood-fired oven direct from Italy. It's from the restaurateurs behind celebrated Mosman restaurant Ormeggio at The Spit, so we have a feeling this one's destined to be a hit.

Buon appetito! Knockout Italian comes to the Northern Beaches

Named Sotto Sopra (which roughly translates into 'down/up' or 'upside down' in Italian), chef and restaurateur Alessandro Pavoni has been inspired by the food of his childhood in Italy. In partnership with Bill Drakopoulos, Victor Moya and head chef Mattia Rossi, he has high hopes the eatery will soon become the go-to for casual dining (and delicious Italian).

"Growing up in the mountains of Italy we often cooked on fire. With Sotto Sopra, I am so excited to bring this food of my childhood to my Sydney home, while utilising incredible Australian produce," he says. "I hope that this relaxed neighbourhood restaurant will soon become a part of the local community."

Buon appetito! Knockout Italian comes to the Northern Beaches

With a menu that includes ravioli filled with ox tail vaccinara, whole eggplant parmigiana, Gnocchi with sundried tomato, almonds, basil, mint and ricotta and chicken cacciatora and a cheese selection to make you salivate (pecorino from Sardinai? Check. Gorgonzola from Lombardy? Yep) - we can see Sotto Sopra fast carving out a niche as Newport's newest hang.

Sotto Sopra is open now.
The Palms G04/316-324 Barrenjoey Road, Newport, sottosopra.com.au

Buon appetito! Knockout Italian comes to the Northern Beaches