But fear not: Berta's delish Italian fare is going nowhere. The little Italian restaurant welcomes a new head chef this week, Jamie Irving, whose CV reads like a list of Sydney's best eateries: he's worked with Kylie Kwong at Wokpool, Peter Doyle at Est. and, most recently, with Martin Boetz at Rushcutters Bar & Dining.

Irving will launch a brand new menu with a focus on fresh seasonal produce and modern Italian food. And in more big news, he'll be hosting Christine Manfield, of Universal fame, as guest chef for six weeks from April 28.

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New head chef and menu for Berta, Surry Hills

Berta's beloved Sagra Tuesdays - culinary odes to a single ingredient - are set to continue, with a Special Sagra series during Manfield's tenure. We can reveal the chosen ingredient for Manfield and Irving's first combined Sagra on April 28 will be the humble eggplant.

The four-course menu is $65 a head and bookings are essential. Visit berta.com.au.

New head chef and menu for Berta, Surry Hills

New head chef and menu for Berta, Surry Hills

New head chef and menu for Berta, Surry Hills

New head chef and menu for Berta, Surry Hills

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