Stella Ristorante & Terrazzo will open at the new Harry Seidler-designed Grosvenor Place dining precinct by mid-2016, but it won't be your average Italian joint. Occupying 800 square metres over three levels, the Italian eatery will boast an alfresco terrace, antipasto station, wood-fired pizza ovens and multiple bars - think Sydney's own Little Italy in the heart of the CBD.

The menu will focus on southern Italian cuisine and seasonal ingredients, with house-made pastas, seafood and cicchetti-style small plates. The Italian theme extends to the drinks list, too, with barrel-aged Negroni, classic Italian cocktails and specialty infused syrups. We're pegging it as Sydney's winter dining hotspot when it opens next year - but for now, you'll have to indulge those pizza cravings elsewhere (check out our lists of the best Italian restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth). 

Stella idea: a three-level Italian eatery for Sydney's CBD

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