Popolo in Italian means people & that’s exactly who this Sydney restaurant is built for. Sitting in the beautiful suburb of Rushcutters Bay, it’s definitely not uncommon to see the outside brimming with content patrons sipping away at their coffees or Aperol Spritz’s. With such a great reputation for exceptional Italian fare we popped down for a sunlit lunch.
Negroni & Spritz $14 ea
What better way to start a bright and sunny day than with one of these striking Northern Italian aperitif’s? Bitter complexity, remarkably charming and straight forward, the Negroni is a solid mix of Tanqueray Gin, Red Vermouth, Bitter Campari. Easy on the eyes and very each to drink, the Spritz is made with Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water making for a clean, crisp and refreshing beverage with an orange, peach & rhubarb scent.
This salumi plate did great things, tantalising our taste buds and preparing us for what was to come. Silky sheets of paper thin Prosciutto di Parma and pistachio mortadella are seamlessly intertwined with thick slices of Sardinian style salami, caramalised baby onions and a generous helping of nduja, a spicy spreadable salami from the south of Italy.
A creamy hearted mozzarella to put out the flames of the spicy salumi. The fresh and clean taste of burrata keeps me coming back again and again. Perfectly matched with a bitter lettuce, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt salad.
Focaccia al Rosmarino $10
The perfect accompaniment to the salumi and burrata. The smokey wood fired focaccia style bread, was lightly crispy with a soft fluffy inside. Plainly seasoned with fresh rosemary, sea salt and oil. Perfection!
Pappardelle Verdi 34
What a dish! Soft silky ribbons of parsley & basil infused pasta delicately smothered in a red wine and braised octopus sauce. Topped with a divine olive crumble to add some contrast to the incredibly soft octopus, this was easily the highlight of the meal.
It was great to see that Popolo were pumping out traditionally made pizzas like this. That smokey scorch gave the crust an amazing crispiness. This beauty was adorned with moreish pork sausage, fior di latte, tomato, ricotta and rosemary. A wonderful combo that finished our meal off with a very content smile.
Popolo is an exceptional dining establishment with delightful staff and a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere. On top of that the food is simply divine. Check it out from Breakfast through to Dinner.
50 McLachlan Ave,
Rushcutters Bay, NSW 2010
2 Hungry guys dined as a guest