Stefano De Blasio grew up on the Italian Riviera, between Italy and France. His Newstead restaurant reflects a different kind of Italy – no dark wood or chequered tablecloths, just clean stone, palm trees and a grey and blue palette. It’s the company’s eighth venue, including restaurants, a cooking school, and food trucks across Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The lunch and dinner menu in Newstead sticks to the wining basics of pizza and pasta. Extras include sub-$10 lunch sandwiches and gnocco fritto (fried pizza dough) with Parma prosciutto and stracchino cheese (a dreamy almost-hybrid of mozzarella and cream cheese). Breakfast is more typically Australian: avo toast, eggs and a few “bowls”.

Take to the breezy alfresco area and watch Newstead go by as you snack on olives and calamari paired with an Aussie or Italian wine or beer. The drinks list also has some classic and signature cocktails, many containing house-made gelato, and a few aperitifs and digestives.

Popular Teneriffe gelato shop La Macelleria has a gelato cart out front. It’s the perfect stop before taking an after-dinner walk along the river.

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Updated: July 19th, 2018

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