Viva Italia! That's the message we're getting loud and clear from the other side of the bridge
Good (no, make that great) Italian food is easy to come by up north - just ask anyone who's navigated their way across Via Napoli's legendary metre-long pizzas or carved up Via Alta's traditional Brescian spit roast. But now there's a new kid in town: Italian Street Kitchen.
Setting up shop in Neutral Bay's buzzing Grosvenor Street eatery strip (home to establishments such as Firefly and Bourke Street Bakery), Italian Street Kitchen has one mission: to transport its diners to a street fair on the cobblestone streets of Rome. That means multiple food stations to feast from, including antipasto platters (piled high with arancini, salumi and formaggio, meatballs and more), lamb and chicken on the spit and wood-fired oven pork roast (watch out, Via Alta), as well as freshly made pastas and pizza.
The man who brought us Riley Street's Baccomatto Osteria in Surry Hills, Mauro Marcucci, is at the helm, together with Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group (the company behind Circular Quay's Meat and Wine Co. and Ribs & Burgers). Doors open in October.