Barely six months after opening to rave reviews, Arc Wine Bar has been transformed into Ciao Papi, an Italian-inspired restaurant.
“We have turned the wine bar into a pop-up with a focus on beautiful pasta and wine,” head chef Alanna Sapwell says. “Instead of heading to the bar for a drink and a snack, we want the space to feel more like a proper restaurant.”
The new venue taps right into Sapwell’s love of Italian cuisine. “When I was six years old I had a traditional thin pizza,” she says. “It was an epiphany, the original reason I wanted to become a chef.
“At the age of 21 I headed to Florence for six months because I wanted to learn how to make real and authentic Italian food.”
So, what to expect? A mild makeover of the decor and a short menu of Italian flavours fused with Australian produce. “We’re focusing on making a comfortable space that is casual, warm and inclusive,” Sapwell says. “A place where you drop in for a $10 glass of chianti and a nice pasta. We’ll have plenty of special dishes, like spanner-crab ravioli and beautiful whole pieces of whiting.”
The new menu kicked in last week. The eatery runs alongside the 100-seat Arc Dining but is walk-in only, with the kitchen closing at 10pm. And, yes, like Arc Wine Bar before it, it's open late for drinks.