Italian-born Tony Percuoco comes from a family of restaurateurs, and he has a wealth of experience from Bennelong and Fellini Ristorante e Bar. At Tartufo, he produces classic and modern Italian dishes with simple seasonal ingredients. Located under the Emporium Hotel, Tartufo represents elegant fine dining. Red banquettes, black leather chairs, mosaic-tiled floors, gilded mirrors and black-and-white photos ooze old-world charm.
The menu draws on Italian dishes from Chef Percuoco’s home town, Naples. Rich and creamy risotto al granchio is brimming with Australian spanner crabmeat, peas, mascarpone and saffron. The watercress garnish is not just for show – it adds a peppery flavour to the dish. Rollata di vitello sees a piece of tender veal delicately stuffed with tomato, mortadella, spinach and mushrooms, and then rolled with pancetta and baked. It has a complex yet balanced combination of flavours and textures.
PSST! For a tasty takeaway meal, grab an authentic Neapolitan pizza from Tartufo’s pizzeria, which is next to the restaurant.