Bay Street, Double Bay is has long been an Eastern Suburbs long lunch favourite. It's a perfect storm of leafy, peaceful suburban vibes and ample laid back eateries and bars - going hand in hand with a sunny, Rosé-fuelled afternoons.

Revellers have a brand new venue to choose from with the opening of Matteo, an Italian eatery brought to you by powerhouse trio Orazio D'Elia (Maurice Terzini's recently exited business partner and chef at Da Orazio, Bondi), Kittyhawk's Eddie Levy and The Island's Adam Abrams.

As with Da Orazio, the Italian eatery will be all about house-made pastas, pizzas and share plates, focusing on simple Italian dishes - think seasonal snapper cooked in rock salt, char-grilled octopus, and, for winter, saffron capunti (that's a pea pod-shaped pasta) with osso buco ragu. 

Located next to Mrs Sippy, Matteo slides into the site formerly occupied by Limoncello, where D'Elia worked when he first landed in Sydney from Italy. The venue has been given a sleek Italian Riviera inspired makeover, by interior designer Ian Nessick, which includes a six-metre-long marble and stone bar, hand-rolled porcelain light fittings and upcycled aged timber ceilings and panelling that give the feel of an old Italian house.

While Matteo will cater to families during the day, the vibe will change to a cocktail den by night, with DJs on the weekends and Quynh Nguyen (Brooklyn Social, Luis Tan, Icebergs and China Diner) behind the drinks list. Cocktails will focus on simple ingredients with some Italian twists, like blood orange and Amaro Montenegro.

Mon-Thurs 5-11pm; Fri 4-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sunday noon-9pm
29 Bay Street, Double Bay, 02 9327 8015, matteosydney.com

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