Head Chef Giuseppe Fuzio is a recent recruit to the Chiosco team, where the aim is to evoke the feel of a real Italian trattoria by the sea. One can enjoy a lavish lifestyle just by dining here, where fine food and drink are accompanied by the roar of boat engines and the vista of multi-storey waterfront homes around Middle Harbour.
Crowd-pleasing share-plate dishes are the go here, but when the food is this good, be selfish for a change and forget sharing! Don’t share Pavoni’s mouth-watering, freshly baked, caramelised garlic brioche bread. Ravish the vitello tonnato by yourself – the luscious slow-cooked veal is topped with tuna mayo and garnished with fried capers. Utterly sinful is the gnocchi, tossed in wagyu beef shank ragu and grated pecorino cheese. Spaghetti alla chitarra capitalises on the contrasting ingredients – prawns, bottarga, tomato and lemon – to deliver another standout dish.
PSST! Even on overcast days it is a challenge to get a seat, so plan ahead and avoid disappointment.